The Congress on Wednesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI investigation into the alleged Rs 45,000 crore mining scam in Rajasthan, accusing the BJP government of arbitrarily distributing 653 mines in 72 days and causing huge loss to the state exchequer.
A delegation of Congress leaders, comprising former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, PCC chief Sachin Pilot and party legislators, met Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Shashikant Sharma and the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) KV Choudhary, demanding separate inquiries into the arbitrary allocation of mines by the BJP government.
The leaders demanded immediate removal of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, alleging that she and her party colleagues were “indulging in political vendetta” and “interfering in the functioning” of probe agencies.
“Despite the central government’s direction to all states to allocate mines through auctioning, the state government allocated as many as 653 mines arbitrarily. This is not just a gross violation of laws but also flouts the standard established by the Supreme Court in this regard. The overall cost of the mineral to be extracted will be around Rs 2 lakh crore. Had these mines been allocated through auctioning, the state exchequer would have got at least a profit of Rs 45,000 crore,” he said.