New Delhi, July 24 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Union of India, Central Bureau of Investigation and five states on a Public Interest Litigation against illegal sand mining across the country.
Filed by Tuticorin-resident Alagarsamy, the PIL sought a direction to the Centre not to grant any environment clearance pan-India for sand mining projects without taking into account their cumulative impact on the entire region.
The bench, led by Justice SA Bobde, sought a detailed response from the Ministries of Environment and Mines, besides Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu, and the CBI.
"We issue notice to the respondents, including the UOI, CBI, and five states in question by the petitioner. List it for further hearing later," the bench ruled.The PIL had highlighted the 'inaction' of the state governments to check illegal sand mining.