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.
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.