Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Thursday asked the state government to frame a policy on forming district and taluka level committees for checking illegal mining activities across the state.
The division bench of Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and
K M Thakar passed an order in this regard today while hearing
the public interest litigation (PIL) against illegal mining in
Gir forest region, filed by slain RTI activist Amit Jethwa
prior to his death.
The court has included Jethwa`s younger brother Bhavni
and uncle Vijay Rathod as petitioner in the PIL.
The Gujarat government has been told to submit the policy
by October 18, the next date fixed for hearing in this PIL.
The issue of illegal mining had come to fore in the state
after the murder of Jethwa, who was shot dead near the Gujarat
High Court on July 20.
Recently, Minister for Industry Saurabh Patel, while
replying to a question from Congress MLA in the Assembly, had
stated that the government has filed 113 cases against illegal
mining in Porbandar district and 86 cases in Junagadh.
The state is yet to recover Rs 658 crore royalty from
illegal miners in Porbandar and Junagadh districts.