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Is IAF protecting its land on Yamuna banks from sand mining: HC asks

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today asked the Centre whether the (IAF) was protecting its land on the banks of the Yamuna, where the station of is located, from illegal sand

The query was posed by a bench of Acting and Justice C while issuing notice to the and IAF on a PIL seeking a CBI probe into alleged collusion by officials of the local authorities and the with the sand mafia.

The court said it will decide whether to order a CBI probe after seeing what the IAF has done to protect its land. "We will ensure that IAF protects its land," the bench said.

said that 90 per cent of a wall around the site has been completed.

The court was hearing a plea filed by a man, claiming to be a whistle blower, alleging that illegal sand was going on at defence land located at the Ranges 1 and 2 on the banks of in (Haryana) and Noida, which falls in the Gautam Budh Nagar district of

The petitioner has said he had made representations to various authorities including Narendra Modi, who had forwarded it to the and the He has claimed that the illegal activities have caused a loss of over Rs 29 crore to the exchequer.

The plea has also sought a direction to the CBI to enquire into the serious offences of corrupt practices in compliance with a letter issued by the in October 2016.

According to the petition, the whistleblower had earlier filed a petition in the against the activities of sand mafias on the defence land and the tribunal had in 2013 prohibited mining activity which was being carried out in

The man had earlier approached the high court seeking his relocation to the national capital from where he was allegedly facing threat to his life for raising the issue of

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 16:35 IST