Government considered prosecuting Adani over CEO’s links to company convicted over environmental disaster

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj

An internal investigation by the Federal Environment Department has found Indian mining giant Adani “may have been negligent” in failing to disclose its Australian CEO’s links to a company convicted of environmental offences in Africa.

Key points:
Jeyakumar Janakaraj was the operations director at a mine which discharged pollutants into a major river
The Environment Department began investigating after the ABC revealed his links to the disaster
The department considered prosecuting but opted instead to issue a ‘caution’
Adani says it never received any ‘caution’
Documents obtained under freedom of information laws reveal the department considered a criminal prosecution against Adani over the omission, but decided the prospect of a conviction was limited.

The ABC revealed in 2015 Adani’s Australian CEO, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, was the director of operations at a Zambian copper mine when it discharged toxic pollutants into a major river.

The mining company, KCM, later pleaded guilty to four charges, including polluting the environment and wilfully failing to report it.

via Government considered prosecuting Adani over CEO’s links to company convicted over environmental disaster – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)