Jharkhand High Court serious on illegal mining, gave instructions to set up inquiry committee, DC will also cooperate

The Jharkhand High Court heard a PIL filed regarding illegal mining in Palamu, Garhwa and Latehar districts. A division bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar Mishra and Justice Anand Sen heard the side of the applicant. The bench orally said that mining is the main source of revenue for the government in Jharkhand. Illegal mining needs to be stopped. The Bench directed the Home Secretary to form a three-member inquiry committee consisting of an Inspector General level or above officer and two senior experts.

Two preferred experts should have knowledge of Geology and Mining. The bench directed the Home Secretary to select the three members of the committee. The Deputy Commissioners of Palamu, Latehar and Garhwa will co-operate in the investigation of the committee to be constituted. This committee will investigate the illegal mining in these districts and submit the report to the court. The bench asked to fix the date after four weeks for the next hearing of the matter.

Earlier, advocate Rajeev Kumar appeared on behalf of the applicant, while advocate Prashant Pallav represented the central government. The applicant Pankaj Kumar Yadav has filed a public interest litigation. It has been said in the petition that illegal mining takes place on a large scale in Palamu division. This game of illegal mining goes on with the connivance of the police administration. Crores are collected in this. The applicant said that along with banning illegal mining, he had lodged a complaint to take action against the officers involved in this work, but the matter was not investigated.

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