Sunday, November 6, 2011

Karnataka CID chargesheets Sharad Pawar’s nephew in mining scam - Mumbai - DNA

The crime investigation department (CID) of the Karnataka police on Thursday chargesheeted Pune-based Metachem Manufacturing Pvt Ltd (MMPL), which is stated to be owned by Jayant Pawar, nephew of Union minister, Sharad Pawar.

The 10,000-page chargesheet alleges that Metachem had stored its iron ore in the jetty belonging to Adani Mining, at Belikeri port in Dakshina Kannada district. Lok Ayukta sleuths, who raided the port in March 2010, had attached the stockpiles in that jetty.
When the company claimed ownership of the stockpile, the Lok Ayukta had asked the company to produce passes, permits and other documents to claim ownership.
Instead, the company sold the stockpile to a certain DB Group based in Belgaum, the chargesheet claims.
Lok Ayukta officials from Udupi had confiscated 8.05 lakh tonnes of iron ore belonging to MMPL, which sold 7,312 tonnes to Belgaum-based DB Brothers, for which the buyer deposited Rs3.79 crore in the Saraswat Co-operative Society account of MMPL in Sangamwadi, Pune.
According to records available with the Lok Ayukta police, Jayant Pawar was issued notices twice by the Lok Ayukta police, but he had not reacted. In response to notices issued to 53 other companies, they had all assigned an official each and secured anticipatory bail from a court.
Sources in the CID told DNA they have chargesheeted 24 companies in an Ankola court, out of a total of 53 firms that are facing charges of theft of ore and its illegal export

A CID team headed by SP Bhemaiah and DySP Muddumahadevaiah submitted a charge-sheet containing 75 files against Adani Enterprises at JMFC Court at Ankola on Friday. The charge-sheet was submitted in connection with missing iron ore fine which was seized earlier by the forest department at Belekeri port in June last year. The charge-sheets were also filed against 26 companies dealing with Adani Enterprises.
Since JMFC of Ankola was on leave, the CID team took the permission of JMFC, Kumta to file the charge sheet at Ankola Court.
It may be recalled that the CID had already filed charge-sheets against Salgaonkars and the Rajmahal Company in the court on similar charges. With this only Mallikarjun Shipping, which was operating at Belekeri, remains to be charge sheeted by the CID.
It may also be noted that earlier the CID had filed charge-sheets against all the four companies in the court. However, the court had rejected them on the grounds that they were incomplete.

The CID filed a revised charge sheet in Ankola JMFC court in connection with the iron ore theft case in Belekeri port of Uttara Kannada district.
The team led by CID SP K P Bheemaih and Dy SP Muddumahadevayya, filed the revised charge sheet of 8,150 pages, against Salgoankar and other four export companies. The court had rejected the previous charge sheet filed against these companies for technical reasons and unclear information.
The court had directed the CID to file a new charge sheet with all details. CID sources said the charge sheet against other companies will be filed soon.

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