Thursday, 10 September 2015

Madras Court Stays Removal Of IAS Officer, VV Mineral Vaikundarajan Stays Confident

Headlines have been buzzing over the ban of sand mining in South India. The allegations involving VV Minerals have frequently found itself at the center of news.

S Vaikundarajan, who established VV Minerals India in 1989, runs the company out of Tisayanvilai, a town 65 km from Tirunelveli city in south Tamil Nadu. The company has won several national awards for its contribution to the export business.

One of the reasons why little is known about VV Mineral Vaikundarajan is because of his media-shy personality. Local people recognize him as a simple man in white shirt and dhoti.

Following the allegations, the state had set up an investigating team. Recently, there has been a controversy surrounding one of the inquiry officers – IAS Gagandeep Singh Bedi.

According to sources, Mr Singh has been helping the business rivals of VV Minerals India. This directly affects the nature of investigation and was rightfully contested by VV Minerals.

In a new setback to the mining company, Madras High Court has stayed the removal of IAS officer Gagandeep Singh Bedi.

A relief came when Justice CS Karnan set aside 32 orders in favor of mining companies. He also berated government’s decision to cancel the licenses of the mining companies.

VV Mineral Vaikundarajan has been optimistic throughout the investigation and insists things will turn around for good.

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