Congress alleges mining scam in Rajasthan, seeks CBI probe



Rajasthan Congress Pradesh Committee president Sachin Pilot alleged that the Vasundhara Raje government violated set guidelines by giving away mines (653) to individuals on first come, first serve basis in a major mining scam.

The government did not follow the auction process, violated guidelines at will, while allotting the mines. The scam, worth more than Rs 40,000 crore, is one of the biggest loots committed by the government was elected by over two-thirds majority in 2014 elections, said Pilot.

The allocation process of more than 650 mines is not clear and the mines have been given at will, alleged Pilot.

There must be many ruling party politicians involved in the scam, including chief minister Vasundhara Raje herself, said Pilot.  Calling for a Supreme Court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation probe, Pilot said that chief minister Raje should be removed for an impartial probe.

It may be noted the Rajasthan police had arrested a senior bureaucrat, principal secretary of mines, Ashok Singhvi, on 24 September, blowing the lid off a massive corruption scandal in the state’s mines department.

Earlier, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot had said that Singhvi is the mastermind of the mine allocation racket.


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