The Supreme Court has ordered a CBI probe into the illegal iron-ore export by Adani and given it six weeks to submit a preliminary report.
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The supreme Court has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the alleged illegal exports of iron ore by companies such as Adani Enterprises, Salgaocar Mining Industries and Mallikarjun Shipping.
The Bellikere port in Karnataka was used to export at least 50 lakh tonnes of ore illegally between January 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010. Four exporters account for nearly half of these. These are: ILC Industries, associated with former ministers Gali Janardhan Reddy and Somashekar Reddy; SB Logistics, owned by current Karnataka cabinet minister Anand Singh; Dream Logistics Company, and Shree Mallikarjun Shipping Pvt Ltd.
The court made it clear that CBI can make custodial interrogations, and any bail or appeal will only be taken up by the forest bench, and no other court. Accepting the report of its forest panel, the court has given six weeks to CBI to submit a preliminary report. The forest bench, which has been investigating large-scale illegal mining, has said it has been particularly appalled by the “daredevilry” of those involved in the illegal export, now known commonly as the Bellikere case.
The CBI will also investigate eight firms, some of which figure in the Lokayukta report for their involvement in illegal mining. These are Swastik Steels, Swastik Cements and Minerals, SMSK Mineral Trading Company, Eagle Traders, Manjunatheshwara Minerals and Safia Minerals, Gem Laboratories and Greentex Mining Industries.
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