The CBI has registered a corruption case against a former senior officer of the Jharkhand government and a Ranchi-based private firm — Usha Martin Limited — in connection with its investigation into the alleged irregularities committed in grant of iron ore mining lease in village Ghatkuri of Singhbhum (West) in the state in 2005.
The agency sleuths also conducted searches at three locations in Kolkata, Chaibasa and Dhanbad in connection with the case.
According to sources, case has been registered against I.D. Paswan, former director (mines), Jharkhand government, the private firm and other unknown persons. “The case relates to grant of an iron ore mining lease to Usha Martin Ltd in 2005 in village Ghatkuri of Singhbhum West district. There were five applicants over this iron ore mine. However, the state government recommended to Central government for grant of mining lease in favour of Usha Martin Ltd on the undertaking of the Company that it will use iron ore in its steel plant situated at Gamahria. This undertaking of the company led the state government invoke section 11(5) of MMDR Act, 1957 in favour of Usha Martin Ltd for recorded special reason of captive consumption,” sources said.