Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan gave the interim stay while hearing two PILs, including one by Seenivasan of Musiri and posted the case for hearing to August 28.
The judges directed the PWD secretary to file a counter.
The petitioners submitted that sand was being mined close to the check dams violating the rule that it should not be done within a 500 metre range of the check dams.
They alleged that lorries were transporting sand round the clock.
The plea to stop mining had also been made by the Public and social activists.
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