CEC to decide if cbi will probe yeddy

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Empowerement Committee looking into the illegal mining issue to verify whether a CBI probe would be necessary against B S Yeddyurappa and his sons. A Bench comprising the Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices Aftab Alam and Swatantra Kumar issued the directive based on a petition seeking a probe against the former Karnataka Chief Minister and his sons.
The petititioners while quoting the Lokayukta report on illegal mining said that there was an allegation made against Yeddyurappa and his sons for taking a bribe. The Lokayukta in its report stated that the former CM and his sons had taken monetary favours from Adani and Sons and also the Jindal group while allocating mining leases in Bellary. The petitioners contended that the allegations were huge and hence the CBI should be handed over this probe.
The supreme court however directed the CEC to study the application of the petitioners and decide on whether a CBI probe would be necessary. The CEC which was formed by the SC to look into the issue of illegal mining will have to decide on the CBI probe and report to the Supreme Court based on which an order would be passed.

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SC allows iron ore mining in Bellary by NDMC ‎

The Supreme Court in an interim order while keeping in mind the demand for iron ore has permitted the state run NMDC to operate two mines in Bellary district.
The NMDC which has been granted leases by the state and also which finds a mention in the Lokayukta report pertaining to lease violations was today permitted by the Suprme Court to extend the production of iron ore to the tune of one million tonnes per month from tomorrow onwards.
The Special forest Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia while passing this interim order however maintained that this order does not apply to private owners and the ban on mining in respect to them shall continue.
The interim order also states that while mining would be permitted for the NMDC, no part of the ore shall be exported. Further the Bench also directed the Karnataka government to levy royalty of 10 percent of the value of the iron ore.
The Supreme Court also directed a macro level environment impact assessment  be undertaken by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education and directed that the report be submitted in three months. In addition to this it also sought details about the rehabiltation package for Bellary in three months.

CBI probe- the Supreme court also adjourned hearing on an interlocutary application seeking a CBI or SIT probe into illegal mining in Karnataka. Senior Counsel Prashanth Bhushan said that the application while seeking a CBI or SIT probe also takes note of the latest Lokayukta report. The matter is expected to be heard next week.