Karnataka High Court on Friday directed customs department to stop export of iron ore by private companies, which were exporting it from three ports in the state, till probe is completed into unauthorised shifting of 5 lakh tonnes of iron ore seized at Belekeri port recently.
The companies had filed a writ petition two months ago for release of iron-ore which had been seized by the authorities at Belekeri port.
The Deputy Conservator of Forests, Karwar R Gokul had appealed to the High Court last month to direct the Commissioner of Customs, Mangalore not to allow export of iron ore from Belekeri, Karwar and Mangalore ports.
The government had also filed an application seeking to restrain the petitioners from export of iron-ore from the three ports.
When the application came up, a Division Bench, comprising Justice NK Patil and Justice AS Boppana,directed the customs department to stop all export by these companies.