SC to hear Reddy mining case on Monday

A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said it would hear the contention of the Andhra Pradesh government, the Supreme Court appointed panel and the OMC advocate on Monday.

In the meantime, the panel in its report on Thursday said before demarcating the areas of the six mines in the Anantpur-Bellary region, the State boundary between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka should be ascertained.

The panel headed by Major General A K Padha, Additional Solicitor General of Survey of India, has sought continuation of on mining in the six mines in the region till the completion of the survey.

Opposition demand

Both the Congress and the JD(S) in Bangalore on Friday mounted pressure on the BJP Government to refer the alleged illegal mining in Bellary to the CBI.  Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah of the Congress argued that the committee’s findings prove that illegal mining is rampant in Bellary reserve forest area.

JD(S) State President H D Kumaraswamy demanded that Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa should immediately drop his Cabinet colleagues Janardhana Reddy, Karunakara Reddy and Sriramulu.

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