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Mining in Andhra: SC seeks reply on plea for court-monitored probe

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today sought the Centre's response on a plea seeking a court-monitored SIT or CBI probe into the alleged being carried out by a company in

A bench of Justices and issued notices to the ministries of Environment and Forests and Mines, the Department of Atomic Energy, the government and the company, seeking their responses on the plea and posted it for hearing after three weeks.

In the plea filed by E A S Sharma, a former to the union government, it has been alleged that the of Industries was involved in illegal and unlawful activities, including and export of various minerals such as Monazite, which is a prescribed substance as per the notifications issued under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962.

"Monazite, being a prescribed mineral as per the list of prescibed substances issued by Department of Atomic Energy, is neither allowed to be exported, nor sold by private companies.

"The Vigilance Report had found huge quantity of 9750 MT of Monazite was mined and stored by in pits under their processing plant. However, till date (Department of Atomic Energy) has not taken any action to recover the same," the plea, filed through advocates and Pranav Sachdeva, said.

It has also sought a direction to the Centre and government to immediately stop by

Claiming that such has destroyed environment and tree cover of the region, the plea also sought termination of mining licence of in the state for violating various laws and sought a probe into the alleged in the area.

It also sought a direction to the authorities to recover from the company the allegedly illegally accumulated wealth through illegal mining and related activity and launch prosecutions under sections of the 1957 Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act. The money recovered should be used for the restoration of environment, it demanded.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 18:15 IST