Uliburu loot: Vigilance court slaps notice on Deepak Gupta

Barbil/Keonjhar: The Vigilance court on Thursday has slapped a notice on Deepak Gupta, the power of attorney holder of BK Mohanty iron ore mines and main accused in the Rs 1800 crore Uliburu mining scam. The latka, as the notice is called in common parlance, was stuck on the walls of his residence, office and other prominent places in Barbil.
 
The notice has asked Gupta and four of his family members – Haricharan Gupta (father), Champak Gupta (brother), Kantadevi Gupta (mother) and Nitu Gupta (wife) to produce themselves before the Special Judge (Vigilance), Keonjhar before September 12.   
 
Notably, two days back the court declared the Guptas proclaimed offenders as the summons sent by post returned unaccepted from his residence as well as office addresses.
 
Highly placed official sources said, the State vigilance though expects appearance of the Guptas at the court before the given date, may go ahead with steps like property seizure of the family, if the latter fail to do so.
 
In its affidavit before Keonjhar District and Sessions Court, the investigating agency on Wednesday had claimed that Gupta had 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.
 
Earlier, the Vigilance wing of the State police after conducting raids at several places had registered criminal cases against 18 people including Deepak Gupta.