CBI FILES CHARGE SHEET IN OBULAPURAM ILLEGAL MINING CASE

Press Release
New Delhi , 03-12-2011

The Central Bureau of Investigation today filed a Charge Sheet in the Court of Special Judge for CBI cases, Hyderabad against Director of M/s Obulapuram Mining Company Pvt. Ltd (M/s OMCPL); Managing Director, (M/s OMCPL); the then Director, Mines & Geology, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad and the Obulapuram Mining Company Pvt. Ltd under sections 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) r/w 420 (Cheating), 409 (Criminal Breach of Trust), 468 (Forgery for the purpose of Cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of Indian Penal Code; Section 13(2) r/w 13 (1) (d) (Criminal Misconduct) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in Obulapuram mining case.

The investigation finds evidence that the Director and Managing Director both of the Bellary based said Minning company allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with the then Director, Mines & Geology, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad; the then Assistant Director, Mines & Geology, Ananthapur; the then Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Government of Andhra Pradesh and others got the Mining Leases allotted to M/s. Obulapuram Mining Company Pvt. Ltd Bellary and indulged in illegal mining activities amounting to Lakhs of tonnes of Iron Ore.

As collection of evidence with regard to certain allegations in respect of the then Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Government of Andhra Pradesh are in progress, her name has not been included in this Charge Sheet. Also, the then Assistant Director, Mines & Geology, Ananthapur has now expired.

In the investigation, scientific techniques like satellite imageries and latest/advanced surveying methods have been used to establish the aspect of illegal mining. In addition, forensic accounting techniques have been utilized to analyze the computer hard discs, laptops, mobile phones and the data retrieval techniques.

After thorough investigation conducted by the Hyderabad Branch of CBI, a Charge Sheet (186 pages) including 201 witnesses, 607 documents and several material objects has been filed.

The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.


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