Ranchi: Jharkhand PradeshCongress Committee (JPCC) chief Ajoy Kumar alleged the state government of Bhartiya Janata Party led by Raghubar Das of Scam worth Rs 1365 crores in the Shah brothers mining case.
Congress will file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) post-Chhath Pooja in this matter and also will try getting an FIR with the anti-corruption bureau ACB).
Ajoy Kumar was addressing the media on Monday at Congress Bhawan and alleged the Chief Minister Raghubar Das who is also in charge of the ministry, involvement in the scam directly.
On the eve of Dhanteras Kumar said, “The entire Government department is part of this large-scale organised loot and celebrating Dhanteras 365 days. Officials are busy in misappropriation of government funds.”
Kumar alleged that in 2014, the Department of Mines and Geology imposed a fine of 110 million issued a notice to Shah brothers on the mining lease.
In 2015, the penalty amount was revised to 1365 crores. On April 1, 2016, the government canceled the lease renewal in absence of forest royalty environmental certificates. on August 11, 2016, the Ranchi High Court scrapped the state government order due to not sighting the reason for the extension in the mining case.
Congress state chief alleged that all this was possible because the government was unable to give any reason for the cancellation of the lease. He also alleged the government of deliberately providing an opportunity to the leaseholder in order to get relief from the court.
In April 2017, the mining officer granted the permission as soon as the lease was renewed. Apart from this the amount of damages caused was reduced from 1365 crores to 252 crores.
“Doing this is beyond the jurisdiction of the District Mining Officer and it is only possible when the high-level officers are involved in it,” said Kumar.
Ajoy Kumar also accused the Advocate general of giving wrong information to the department agreement in the court. as a result of this, the High Court ordered payment of damages in installments.
Kumar said, “Advocate General is an equal partner in this organised loot along with other departmental officers.”
Bhartiya Janta Party spokesperson Pratyul Shahdev has refuted the Congress claims and blames Ajoy Kumar for spreading false information and misleading the people. He said that Kumar has no information in this matter and his allegations are baseless.