VV Minerals takes strong objection to special team’s assessment report

CHENNAI: Minerals major VV Minerals of Tirunelveli has taken strong objection to the findings of a special team headed by IAS officer Satyabrata Sahoo, in his report on the assessment of beach sand minerals stored at various places in Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari districts, that has been filed before the Madras High Court in March last.

Originally, Gagandeep Singh Bedi, the then Revenue secretary, was appointed as head of the special
team in 2013. While so, one G Victor Rajamanickam filed a PIL petition in the High Court for constitution of another special investigation team to probe alleged beach sand mining in the three coastal districts.
Following a direction from the first bench on the PIL and other batch of writ appeals and petitions, the government on April 7, 2017 nominated Sahoo, who was then chairman and managing director of TIDCO, as the head of the special team. The court had also appointed advocate V Suresh as the amicus curiae to assist the court. The report was filed before a division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee in March last. Read more

Courtesy: The New Indian Express