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SPS wants apex court to suspend mining lease

Samaj Parivartan Samudaya (SPS) asked the Supreme Court to suspend operations by the nine iron ore mining leaseholders in Karnataka named in the interlocutory application.

SPS, which is the primary petitioner in the public interest litigation against illegal mining in the state, asked the apex court in a fresh application.

The Dharwad-based non-governmental organisation wants the court to cancel the leases as these miners, whose mines fall under the A, B and C categories, allegedly violate several norms.

The leaseholders for these mines include Sesa Goa, Mysore Minerals, R Praveen Chandra, Varalaxmi Mining, RBSSN, Matha Minerals and Latha Mining.

SPS wants the court to direct the central and Karnataka governments to cancel the leases of lessees found to have carried out illegal mining. It also sought the state government be directed to conduct an assessment (along with independent experts and agencies) of the loss to the public exchequer from illegal mining by leaseholders and institute appropriate proceedings to recover the amount.

It may be recalled that last year, the court had lifted a ban on mining activity for 18 Category A mines, on the basis of a report by a Central Empowered Committee (CEC) dated August 29.

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