Adani denies owning mine in Karnataka

Adani denies owning mine in Karnataka

Reacting to reports about CEC’s recommendation for a probe into the alleged illegal export of seized iron ore from the Belekeri port by shipping operators, including Adani Enterprises, the company on Sunday said it does not own or operate any iron ore mine in any part of the country, including Karnataka.

The Supreme Court had appointed the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to probe into the illegal mining in Karnataka after a Dharwad-based non-government organisation filed an interlocutory application in January 2012, seeking a CBI investigation into the illegal export of iron ore by four firms, including Adani Enterprises.

“Adani Enterprises did not and does not own or operate any iron ore mine in Karnataka or any other part of the country. It has never undertaken any such mining activity. Hence, company’s involvement in illegal mining does not arise at all,” Adani Group spokesperson said in a statement.

The company further said it was one of the four parties or stevedores providing services at Belekeri Port, however, its responsibility or role was limited only to provide port services for the export of iron ore.

“To obtain clearances, permissions or permits and transportation of iron ore from mines till the port were the responsibility of miners, traders and exporters. Adani as a service provider did not have a mandate or authority to check such clearances, permissions or permits,” the spokesperson said.

The three other firms, which have alleged of being involved in illegally exporting 8.5 lakh metric tonnes of iron ore from the port during June 2010 are Shree Mallikarjun Shipping, Salgaoncar Mining Industries and Rajmahal Silks.

“The company will file its response to the CEC report and will present its case at the appropriate time before the Supreme Court,” the spokesperson added.

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