Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Friday upheld the state government`s orders banning export of iron ore and issue of permits to transport iron ore for export.
Passing orders on a batch of petitions by about 40 mining companies challenging the ban, a division bench, comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazir
upheld the July 25 notification banning iron ore exports and also the one on July 26, banning issue of transport permits.
The bench directed the government to put in place a regulatory mechanism in six months to check illegal mining in the state.
The Yeddyurappa government had slapped the ban in the midst of a controversy generated over illegal mining activities in the state, with opposition targeting three
ministers-cum-mining magnates -- B Janardhana Reddy, his brother Karunakara Reddy and their associate B Sreeramulu.