HC questions Centre on inaction on illegal mining

The Karnataka High Court today questioned the Centre as to why it had not taken suo moto action in checking illegal mining under the relevant act.

Hearing petitions by mining firms challenging the state government’s recent ban on export of iron ore, the bench wanted to know why the Centre did not act on its own to check illegal mining under section 30 of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 when it says that state government had no powers to ban exports of iron ore.

The bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice J S Khehar directed the central government counsel Dinesh Kumar to furnish the reply by October 1 and adjourned the case.

“This is an extensive litigation and we want to know the responses from all the parties involved,” the judges said.


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