Suspend permission given to export ore imported from M’rashtra: CEC to Goa govt

The Central Empowered Committee (CEC), appointed by the Supreme Court of India in the illegal mining cases, has directed the state government to suspend the permission granted for export of iron ore imported into Goa from Maharashtra, even as it has sought details of export made so far.

A senior official of the state administration confirmed receipt of the letter from the CEC by the state government and said that appropriate action would be taken in the matter after studying the case and taking legal opinion.
Meanwhile, another senior official said that the CEC appeared to have acted in haste on a complaint lodged by a Congress legislator, Mr Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, and issued directions without proper application of mind. He alleged political interference in the matter.
The official further said that since the matter was before the Supreme Court, the directions should have come from it and not any other agency. He also said that there appeared to be nexus between the opposition Congress party in the state and the CEC. “How could the CEC issue directions without the consent of the Apex Court?” he questioned. [NT]