Korgao mining case: Crime branch quizzes two officials

 

The crime branch on Thursday questioned two officers from the directorate of mines and geology in connection with an alleged illegal mining case at Korgao village in Pernem.
 
In October, the crime branch registered the first information report (FIR) against Congress leader Jitendra Deshprabhu and four officials of the directorate of mines and geology in connection with missing files from the department and the destruction of evidence in the alleged illegal mining case.
 
The crime branch has already recorded statements of more than 60 persons, including the main accused Deshprabhu, government officials and contractor Gitesh Naik in the alleged multi-crore mining scam.
 
Directorate of mines and geology director Prasanna Acharya lodged a complaint at the crime branch about the illegal extraction of 2 lakh tonnes of ore and causing a loss of 50 crore to the state exchequer. [TOI]