Illegal mining: ED likely to interrogate 10 persons

Bhubaneswar: After carrying out raids at three mining firms and transport agencies, all eyes are now on Enforcement Directorate’s next move. According to highly placed sources, in the preliminary stage, ED might interrogate around 10 persons in connection with the scam.

The persons may include mining company and transport agency executives as well as government officials, revealed sources. A summons in this regard has been issued to these persons to present their argument in defence.

Notably, the Central agency had conducted simultaneous searches at 15 places in three States in connection with the money laundering angle of its probe into the Rs 2,000-crore illegal iron ore mining scam in Odisha and other States.

Sources said the searches were conducted by ED’s Kolkata zonal headquarters in at least 10 places in Bhubaneswar, Keonjhar, Rourkela (all in Odisha), Kolkata in West Bengal and Salem and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.