Punjab's special investigating team (SIT) probing illegal sand mining across the state was on Wednesday directed by the Punjab and Haryana high court to file its final report within a month.
The directions came from the court headed by justice Rajive Bhalla during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by Chandigarh resident Gurbir Singh Pannu. The court refused to grant more time to the SIT to file its final report, stating that almost three months' time had already lapsed since the SIT had headed by inspector general of police Nirmal Singh Dhillon filed its interim report to the court in a sealed cover in September.
Earlier, the court was not satisfied with the SIT's report presented in August, citing FIRs registered in around 2,500 cases 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.
The case would now come up for hearing on January 21.