New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled all the leases for iron ore extraction in 49 category C mines - with the highest degree of illegal mining - in Bellary, Tumkur and Chitradurga districts of Karnataka.
The apex court's forest bench of Justice Aftab Alam, Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, while accepting the recommendations of the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on green matters in its Feb 3, 2012 report, said the "leases in respect of 'C' Category mines will stand cancelled...."
Category C mines are those in which the CEC detected the highest level of illegal mining and encroachment. Category B have lesser illegal activities and Category A have the least violations.
Justice Gogoi said: "The proceeds of the sales of the iron ore of the 'C' category mines made through the monitoring committee will stand forfeited to the state. The monitoring committee will remit the amounts held by it on this account to the SPV (special purpose vehicle) for utilisation in connection with the purposes for which it had been constituted."...more
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