Published: Monday 15 December 2003

caught in the act?: 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 Down To Earth, 'Quarry hunt', November 30, 2003). The CBI is probing the matter.

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