Illegal Mining And Coal Theft: CBI Conducts Searches At 15 Locations In UP, WB And Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation today conducted searches at 15 locations in an on-going investigation of a case. The searches include at the premises of then officials of ECL including then two GMs (present and one retired), Manager (Security), Inspector (Security) and Colliery Agent etc.

“Cash of Rs 20 lakh (approximately), jewellery and property documents were recovered from the premises of incumbent GM. Property documents, locker key and incriminating documents were recovered from the possession of other accused,” a CBI official said.

CBI had registered a case in this connection on November 27, 2020 against six accused and others on the allegations of illegal mining and theft of coal in the leasehold areas of ECL, Asansol and its adjoining private land.

“It was also alleged that the scam ran into crores of rupees. Searches were earlier conducted at more than 100 places in various States. One private person was earlier arrested during investigation. Investigation is in progress,” the CBI said.