A report about a Tehelka-style spycam sting, published by national daily The Indian Express on November 16, left Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dilip Singh Judeo with no option but to quit as the Union minister of state for environment and forests. The video footage showed the ex-minister allegedly taking a bribe to grant mining rights in Chhattisgarh and Orissa to an Australian company.
The expos comes days after the 19th World Mining Congress in New Delhi, where the Union government welcomed transnational mining companies with open arms (see: 'Quarry hunt', Down To Earth, November 30, 2003). The CBI is probing the matter.
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