Uliburu mining scam: Prime accused Deepak to be framed by vigilance court

Keonjhar, June 2: The prime accused in the multi-thousand crore Uliburu mining scam, Deepak Gupta is likely to be framed with charges by the Special Vigilance Court. But however, after appearing before the court it was found that the charges couldn’t be framed today due to the absence of the Judge.

The people on bail among the 29 accused, were also informed to be present before the court today, said sources. To be noted, out of 29 accused, 9 members including the family members of Deepak were successful in getting bail from the Orissa High Court.

Notably, Deepak was arrested by the state vigilance on September 4, 2013 for his alleged involvement in the Rs 1800 crore mining scam at Uliburu in Keonjhar. It was found found that Deepak had the power of attorney of an iron ore mine, leased to B K Mohanty. He also had illegally extracted iron ores beyond the permitted limit. And with this he gained about Rs 1400 crore leading to a huge loss to the state exchequer.

Earlier in 2015, the ED had also attached about Rs 379 crore of property belonging to Deepak.