Illegal mining: HC orders Goa to file FIR


 The high court of Bombay at Goa recently directed the state government and the police to file an FIR against those responsible for illegal mining, including the lessees, within six weeks. 
The order came on a criminal petition filed by RTI activist Kashinath Shetye on the basis of the Shah commission inquiry report that pegged the loss arising from illegal mining in Goa at Rs 35,000 crore. 
Shetye had approached the court after the police refused to register an FIR. In his complaint, Shetye alleged that criminal prosecution was required to be launched against the 151 people named in the complaint and others as mentioned in the commission's report. Those named in the complaint include former ministers, bureaucrats and corporates. 
"We dispose of this petition with direction to respondents to file FIR in respect of the offences alleged to have been committed by the persons responsible for illegal mining in the state of Goa, including the lessees of the mines and all those who permitted such illegal mining of iron ore and manganese ore, in contravention of the relevant statutory provisions," said a division bench of chief justice Mohit S Shah and justice R P Sondurbaldota.  [TOI]