Tehelka investigations into illegal mining: Supreme Court issues notice in PIL

Supreme Court of India issued notices to Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Mines and Department of Atomic Energy after Tehelka exposed illegal mining racket of Trimex group in its two exclusive stories "The Black Truth" and "Skeltons in Trimex Cupboard" by Charanjit Ahuja and Pari Saikia

Today, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India took cognisance of the serious allegations made in the PIL filed by Dr. E.A.S. SARMA and issued notices to various Union of India ministries including Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Mines and Department of Atomic Energy, which directly comes under Hon’ble Prime Minister’s office.

The bench headed by Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta after hearing Prashant Bhushan noted senior counsel appearing for the petitioner, made strong observations on the illegal mining activities of Trimex Group Companies that have been allowed to go unhindered by both Central and State Government authorities and have asked them to submit their replies within 2 weeks.

Dr EAS sarma a former Secretary, Govt of India has been taking this cause with various authorities for a number of years however, when no action was taken by govt authorities, he had no option but to approach the apex court.

The PIL is seeking cancellation of mines operated by Trimex Group of Companies along with a Court monitored investigation into the collusion of State and Central Government officials.

It is also stated in the PIL that such is the clout of the Trimex Group that when a certain senior IAS officer took action against them, he was shifted out within 3 days.