The Odisha illegal mining scam amounts to Rs. 59,203 crore and illegal iron and manganese ore, amounting to 22.80 crore tonnes, was extracted illegally from the State for almost a decade, the M.B. Shah Commission report has said. It has demanded a CBI probe into the matter, warning that too many powerful people, businessmen from and outside Odisha, bureaucrats and politicians are involved.
The Hindu accessed more parts and contents of the report which the government has classified as secret and on Monday asked the Supreme Court not to put out. Earlier too, the newspaper had reported on the violations of mining and environmental laws recorded by the commission. The report notes the State police and other authorities, who filed cases when the Shah Commission inquiry became imminent, are incapable of a probe and catching the guilty parties.