Friday, January 7, 2011

Scrap Reddy brothers’ mining lease in Andhra Pradesh: SC panel

New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed central empowered committee has recommended cancellation of mining lease to Karnataka’s powerful Reddy brothers’ firms in Andhra Pradesh, saying their Obulapuram Mining Company had openly flouted various environmental laws. 
   The committee also slammed AP government saying the violations could not have taken place without their connivance. The panel recommended cancellation of the lease to four different mines spread over 140 acres on grounds of, among others, large scale illegal mining in Bellary reserve forest area.
   The Reddy brothers - G Janardhan G Karunakar are ministers of Karnataka. Other reasons for cancellation of mining lease are illegal extension of lease by authorities, illegal mining, illegal construction within the reserved forest area.

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