The petition filed by local resident Gurbir Singh Pannu came up for hearing before the bench headed by justice Rajive Bhalla. However, the court adjourned the case for hearing on October 5 saying it would first have to go through the entire status report.
On August 7 the high court had directed the SIT headed by Inspector General of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon to submit its final report within six weeks. The court was not satisfied with the report presented by the SIT on August 7 citing some 2,500 FIRs registered since April 1, 2012 related to illegal mining in the state.
The petitioner had informed the court that despite the ban imposed by the high court, illegal mining was continuing in the state without any check, causing a loss of around Rs. 10,000 crore per year to the state exchequer.