The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted searches at 15 locations in Odisha, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh in connection with the multi-crore coal mining scam in ECL, Asansol.
The searches were carried out at the premises of the then officials of ECL including two GMs (present & one retired), Manager (Security), Inspector (Security) and Colliery Agent.
A sum of Rs 20 lakh in cash, jewellery and property documents were recovered from the premises of the incumbent GM during the search. Besides, property documents, locker key and incriminating documents were recovered from the possession of other accused.
According to a statement, the CBI had registered a case 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. Further investigation is underway.