Press Release
New Delhi , 31.10.2013

            The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered 22 Cases against the exporters of iron ore who had allegedly exported more than 50000 MT without valid permits from Belekari Port, Karwar District of Karnataka on the orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. In the 22 FIRs, 15 companies, 06 Partnership firms and 02 Proprietory concerns are under investigation. The cases have been registered generally U/s.120-B r/w 420, 409, 379, 411, 427, 447, 468 and 471 of IPC, Sec.13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988, Sec.21 r/w 4(1), 4(1)(A) and Sec.23 of Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation), 1957 and Sec.24 of Karnataka Forest Act, 1963. 50 Private Individuals have been identified in the FIRs connected to this investigation other than public servants of Mines and Geology Department, Forest Department and others who would be identified only during investigation.


            The Illegal mining of iron ore, without permit, including such mining in Forest Land in Bellary District of Karnataka, and connected trading & export of iron ore is already under the investigation of CBI through the report of the Centrally Empowered Committee.


            The Centrally Empowered Committee in September, 2012 apprised the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India that there were also similar irregularities in extraction of 50.79 lakh MT from the forest areas of Karnataka during the years 2009 to 2010. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India had, hence, ordered CBI enquiry into the recommendations of CEC with a direction that all agencies and authorities shall extend full cooperation to the CBI investigation.


            CBI had filed a Preliminary Enquiry Report and identified that there were 22 cases of exporters who have exported of and above 50000 MTs of illegally mined iron ore. CBI also identified 39 other exporters who had exported illegally mined iron ore which was less than 50000 MT as per its report. The 39 exporters who had exported illegally mined iron ore which was less than 50000 MT were referred for action by the Government of Karnataka.


            Accordingly, 22 cases have been registered against the exporters who had exported around 21 lakhs MT of illegally mined iron ore.


            Further investigation is in progress.