Notice from Orissa HC to Center and State about ‘illegal’ mining in Mayurbhanj | Cuttack News

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CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court has issued notices, which can be returned to both the center and state government within four weeks, in relation to a PIL opening a CBI investigation into alleged illegal mining at the Badampahar iron ore mines in Mayurbhanj district strives for
The two-judge bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice RK Pattanaik served the writs Wednesday in response to the petition, which included dual allegations of unauthorized mining in recent years.
First, alleged unauthorized operation of a Kolkata-based company on the mining leasehold when the original lessee of the same is another company.
Second, alleged extraction of iron ore outside the permitted mining area.
The petition was submitted by SK Sajid Ali and seven other residents in the area. Attorneys Debasis Tripathy and Manoj Panigrahi presented the case for the petitioners.
The bank publicized the matter by July 21, issuing the notices to the secretaries of the Union Ministry of Mines, the Union Ministry of Enterprise Affairs and the Enterprise Register (Kolkata).
Notices issued in the state government include Secretary of Steel and Mining Department, Director of Mining, District Collector (Mayurbhanj) and Mining Officer (Baripada Circle).
The petitioners filed the petition after the Supreme Court declined to hear the plea but allowed them the freedom to appeal to the Supreme Court.
According to the petition, iron ore was illegally mined on more than 443.94 hectares of reserved forest land, allegedly with the help of forest officials.
The leased area was not demarcated with markings or signs or billboards. Taking advantage of this, mining operations were carried out in large parts of the reserved forest beyond the leased area.
Consequently, the flora and fauna of these areas have been affected.
The unauthorized mining was carried out in areas falling under the ecologically sensitive zone of the Similipal Biosphere and Tiger Reserve, the petition said.
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