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Apr 18, 2013 at 09:19am IST

SC to decide on Bellary mines barred from mining iron ore today

Bangalore: The Supreme Court will on Thursday decide on the fate of mines barred from mining iron ore in Karnataka's Bellary district. A three-member bench will deliver the judgement on a PIL filed three years ago seeking a ban on illegal mining and also a high level inquiry into the role of politicians.

A Central Empowered Committee had also recommended a ban on mining. The PIL's petitioner had named top leaders from Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal Secular.

While mining barons, the Reddy brothers, are already facing a CBI probe, former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is out on anticipatory bail in a related case.