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HC order on UP govt's plea for vacating stay on mining

Press Trust of India  |  Allahabad 

The High today directed the to file an affidavit elucidating the guidelines its proposes for e-auctioning of mining leases in the state.

Passing the order, a division bench comprising Chief Justice D B Bhosle and Justice Yashwant Verma made it clear that the state government's request for vacating the stay order on mining of major minerals would be considered only if the affidavit is filed on May 1, the next date of hearing in the matter.

The court's observations came in response to a plea made by Advocate General Raghavendra Singh who submitted that while the state was laying down guidelines for e-auction, in a bid to curb illegal mining, the same was a "time-taking process".

The advocate general had prayed that the state be "permitted to give temporary mining leases to avoid shortage of sand and other minerals in UP".

The court, however, told the AG to ensure that the affidavit filed on behalf of the state on the next date of hearing contained the aforementioned guidelines.

The was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Gulab Chandra Mishra, who had drawn the court's attention towards illegal mining activities in the state.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 20:22 IST