HYDERABAD: Close on the heels of the report it submitted to the Supreme Court on November 19, the Central Empowered Committee(CEC) has advised the Andhra Pradesh government to stop iron ore mining in all the six mines in Anantapur district.

The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) has advised the Andhra Pradesh government to stop mining activities of six mining companies including Obulapuram Mining Company, owned by the Reddys in Bellary Reserve Forest area.

In a major blow to Karnataka Tourism Minister G Janardhan Reddy, whose mining company is in the thick of a controversy, the Andhra Pradesh Government today ordered immediate halt to iron ore mining in the state.

The move comes against the backdrop of allegations of illegal mining against Obulapuram Mining Corporation (OMC) owned by Reddy.

Former Union Law minister and veteran criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani demanded that the Government must initiate stringent action against those involved in illegal mining.

The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court could not have used clearer language than it has done in recommending that illegal mining must be stopped in six mines in two villages of Andhra Pradesh

Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) has said the Central Empowered Committee, the Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court has said in its report to the court that Andhra Pradesh had taken the stand that all the mining leases

J. Venkatesan

New Delhi: The Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court has recommended to the court that illegal mining be stopped in six mines in Obulapuram and H. Siddapuram villages of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh.

New Delhi: It seems Haryana government does not want to lose more time waiting for green signal from the Supreme Court to resume mining of building material. That is visible in the way the state is finalizing its plans, putting in place the guidelines and procedures for auctions and setting up Aravali rehabilitation fund.

After successfully downsizing Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, the Reddy brothers of Bellary now have run into a problem.

The Central Empowered Committee (Environment and Forests) of the Supreme Court has recommended that all mining activity in Obulapuram in Andhra Pradesh be suspended till an independent body fixes the boundaries of the mining area again.

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