The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to investigate the allegations of illegal mining in Bellary and other forest areas of Karnataka.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia asked the apex court-appointed committee to file its report within six weeks.
The court passed the order after advocate Prashant Bhushan apprised the court about Karnataka’s Lokayukta report stating mining activities were being carried not only illegally but also stretched to forest land.
“Rampant illegal mining is going on in Karnataka and the same has been recorded in the report of Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde," Bhushan pleaded before the bench.
CEC has already given a report on the illegal mining that is allegedly taking place in the Andhra Pradesh side of Bellary region.