SC extends order on prohibiting mining in Anantapur
January 14, 2010
The Supreme Court on Thursday extended its interim order banning mining and transportation of iron ore by Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC), owned by Karnataka's Reddy brothers in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh (AP), reports PTI.
However, the apex court referred the matter back to the AP High Court, asking it to take a decision expeditiously.
The order to this effect was passed by a bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan after OMC and the AP government consented to the suggestion made by the bench in this regard.
The apex court said that the AP government will file its response within a week before the High Court. It also asked the parties to the dispute to appear before the High Court, which has posted the matter for hearing on 18th January.
The AP High Court had stayed the government order of the AP government, restraining the company from carrying out mining activities in the area on the basis of the report of the apex court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC).
The AP government had challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court. The apex court also gave opportunity to the CEC to appear before the High Court.
The CEC was constituted by the Supreme Court to inquire into the matter based on a writ petition filed by Tapal Ganesh of Bellary against OMC over alleged illegal mining activity in violation of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.