Uliburu loot: HC relief for Deepak

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has granted the parents and wife of Deepak Gupta interim relief from arrest till September 11. Notably Gupta, the main accused in the Rs 1800 crore Uliburu iron ore mines scam and four of his family members are on the run after the scam surfaced.
 
The Thursday directive of the court came during its adjudication over Gupta’s appeal that the FIRs against him and his family members over the issue should be scrapped.
 
In his appeal Gupta pointed out that his parents and wife were the directors of the company and their involvement in the company’s day to day affairs was negligible.
 
Earlier this month, the vigilance court had declared the Guptas- Deepak Gupta, Haricharan Gupta (father), Champak Gupta (brother), Kantadevi Gupta (mother) and Nitu Gupta (wife) as proclaimed offenders and asked them to produce before the Special Judge (Vigilance), Keonjhar before September 12.  
 
The investigating agency in its affidavit before Keonjhar District and Sessions Court had also claimed that Gupta allegedly mined around 45.22 lakh MT iron ore from the Uliburu reserve forest illegally and gained Rs 893.67  crore profit out of mining between 2003-2010.
 
The affidavit further maintained that 13 officials of Mines and Forest department had allegedly assisted Gupta in smuggling of iron ores.
 
Meanwhile the original leaseholder of Uliburu iron ore mines B K Mohanty is in judicial custody in connection with the large scale iron ore loot from the Joda mineral circle in Keonjhar district.