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Illegal mining: HC tells Punjab chief secy to form SIT

The Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Punjab chief secretary on Friday to convene a special investigating team (SIT) to probe illegal mining across the state and submit the status report before May 27.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 12, 2013 18:48 IST
HT Correspondent

The Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Punjab chief secretary on Friday to convene a special investigating team (SIT) to probe illegal mining across the state and submit the status report before May 27.

The directions came from the division bench headed by justice Rajive Bhalla on a petition filed by Rupnagar resident Darshan Singh.

During resumed hearing of the case, the court observed that despite repeated directions from the high court, the state government had failed to curb illegal mining, which was going on unabated.

The court mentioned that only tractors and trolleys were being caught by the enforcement authorities. However, it seemed that no efforts were being made by the state government to catch hold of the big fish behind the mining mafia.

The petitioner had challenged the faulty auction process of the state government and sought quashing of the auction notice, alleging that it was against provisions of the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, 1957, and the Punjab Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 1964.

The petitioner, through his counsel Mansur Ali, had submitted before the court that the state had not carried out any procedure for the demarcation of sites for which mining contracts had to be issued.

The case would now come up for hearing on May 27.