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Shocker for UP govt: Alld HC orders CBI probe in illegal mining

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Published on 28 July 2016 12:09 PM GMT

Shocker for UP govt: Alld HC orders CBI probe in illegal mining
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Allahabad: Making some harsh observations on the stand of Uttar Pradesh government with regards to mining , the Allahabad High Court on Thursday ordered CBI probe into illegal mining in the state. The Court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to submit it's preliminary report within 6 weeks in respect of illegal mining in the entire state and involvement of officials nexus.

The order was passed by a Bench comprising acting chief justice VK Shukla and justice MC Tripathi while hearing Public Interest Litigation (PILs) filed by Vijay Kumar Dwivedi and several others. It must have come as a shock to UP government ahead of assembly elections in the state specially when the Court had also asked the CBI to unearth nexus of government functionaries with those involved in such activities.

Petitioner’s contention was that mining leases of several lessees had been unlawfully extended by authorities, though it expired on May 31, 2012, on the ground that during lease period they could not mine on their land because of stay order granted by Court. The High Court had restrained the Principal Secretary (mining) and other concerned officers to stop illegal excavation of mines and minerals but the mining was not stopped.

The allegations in all the PILs was that the District Magistrates are filing false affidavit claiming no illegal mining going on in their area though the fact was that illegal mining operations were going on with the help of the mining officers with the state government being hand in glove with them.

The affidavit filed by the Principal Secretary (mining ) in the High Court was pursued by the judges and the Court was not satisfied with the same. The Bench remarked that it is a irresponsible affidavit on wrong foundations have been filed by the principal secretary. The Bench further said that stand taken in affidavit of the Principal Secretary that a committee has been constituted to put check on the illegal mining, is nothing but a mere eyewash. ''Not a single incident has been stated in the affidavit about the action taken by the committee,'' the judges observed.

The Court therefore directed the CBI to investigate the cases of illegal mining in the entire state and submit it's preliminary report within 6 weeks.

The Court has fixed September 8 as next date of hearing.

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