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Submit Shah panel report on illegal mining in Jharkhand, Odisha in two weeks, SC tells Centre

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 13:

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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the central government to submit the Justice MB Shah Commission report on illegal iron and manganese ore mining in Jharkhand and Odisha before it in two weeks’ time, leading business portal Livemint has reported.

A special bench of justices JS Khehar, J Chelameswar and AK Sikri will hear the case after four weeks.

Livemint quoted lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for ‘Common Cause, the non-profit organisation which is the petitioner in the case, as saying that there were a “large number of issues” and “rampant illegalities” going on in these states with regard to mining that the court had to go into.

The Shah commission of inquiry was set up by the central government on 22 November 2010 to probe allegations of large scale irregularities in the extraction of iron ore and manganese in these mineral bearing states.