Thursday 17 April 2014
News updated at 12:51 PM IST
Weather
Max: 34.6°C
Min : 22.4°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

HC seeks reply from UP govt, Centre on illegal mining

Lucknow, Aug 2, 2013 (PTI):
Durga Shakti Nagpal

Voicing concern over illegal mining, the Allahabad High Court today sought a reply from the Centre and the state government on the issue while declining to interfere in the suspension matter of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who had clamped down on the mining mafia in UP.

Hearing a PIL on the suspension of the woman IAS officer, the Lucknow bench of the court comprising justices Devi Prasad Singh and Ashok Pal Singh fixed August 19 as the next date of hearing.

Observing that illegal mining disturbed the ecological balance, the court sought reply as to how many FIRs were lodged, how many dumpers were seized and how many people were arrested after the suspension of Nagpal.


It also directed the counsel to seek instruction from the Centre on what it has done on the issue.

The court, however, refused to interfere in the suspension of Nagpal, saying that it was "a matter between the master and the servant".

Appearing on behalf of the state government, Additional Advocate General Bulbul Godiyal raised objection on the maintainability of the PIL on the ground that the petitioner has not disclosed her credentials for filing the litigation as per the Supreme Court ruling.

She also submitted that the PIL was not maintainable in service matters.

The PIL was filed in the registry of the court on July 30 against the suspension of Nagpal.Social activist Nutan Thakur filed the PIL seeking a direction to department of personnel and training to summon the file related to the suspension of Nagpal and cancelling the suspension if it was found to be illegal and improper.

According to petitioner's counsel Ashok Pandey another prayer was made in the petition that central government direct the state governments against harassing officers working to check illegal construction of religious places and illegal mining.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An anti-government protester with her face painted in the colors of Venezuela's flag with the...

An anti-government protester with her face painted in the colors of Venezuela's flag with the...

Rescue boats sail around the South Korean passenger ship 'Sewol' which sank, during their rescue...

Rescue boats sail around the South Korean passenger ship 'Sewol' which sank, during their rescue...

A masked penitent takes part in the procession of the 'Santa Veracruz'' brotherhood, during Holy...

A masked penitent takes part in the procession of the 'Santa Veracruz'' brotherhood, during Holy...

Printer Jose Lomeli holds newspaper printing plates for the first copies of the inaugural Los...

Printer Jose Lomeli holds newspaper printing plates for the first copies of the inaugural Los...

A city worker helps clear away debris caused by recent earthquakes in Nagarote, Nicaragua...

A city worker helps clear away debris caused by recent earthquakes in Nagarote, Nicaragua...

A search worker uses a dog to help look through a pile of debris, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at...

A search worker uses a dog to help look through a pile of debris, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at...

Catherine (L), Duchess of Cambridge, waves to residents as she walks with local official Miranda...

Catherine (L), Duchess of Cambridge, waves to residents as she walks with local official Miranda...

A green sea turtle lies inside a container after being treated for injuries at the University at...

A green sea turtle lies inside a container after being treated for injuries at the University at...

A three-month-old Bengal white tiger cub is seen inside its enclosure at the Buenos Aires' Zoo...

A three-month-old Bengal white tiger cub is seen inside its enclosure at the Buenos Aires' Zoo...

An Alfa Romeo 4C is pictured at a media event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the...

An Alfa Romeo 4C is pictured at a media event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523