Allahabad High Court rejects government’s plea, orders CBI inquiry
Allahabad: Causing a severe jolt to the Uttar Pradesh government, the Allahabad High Court on Friday rejected its plea and ordered a CBI inquiry into illegal mining in the state.
A two-judge bench of justice D B Bhonsle and justice Yashwant Verma while ordering a CBI inquiry has given six weeks’ time to the agency to submit its report to the Court.
Earlier, in a terse comment the Court had said that illegal mining of this scale was not possible without the connivance of the officials. Also that since the state government had not done much to end the menace ,the Court was left with no alternative but to order probe by this agency.
In a terse comment on the statement of the principal secretary that he had no information of the illegal mining, the Court had said, “ it is nothing but an eye wash”. This statement was made to the suggestion of the Court to go for satellite mapping to gather information on illegal mining
According to unofficial sources, main districts where illegal mining is being done are Sonebhadra, Bundelkhand, Bijnore, Mirzapur and Shahjahanpur.