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File charge-sheet on illegal mining: Madras HC directs cops

The Madras high court has directed CB-CID police to file a charge-sheet in connection with illegal mining operations in Tirupur district, after it found that there was a “prima facie case of collusion” between officials and people engaged in mining operations. 

After going through the report filed by CB-CID inspector, Tirupur, the court said, “It is quite apparent that there is a prima facie case of collusion between government officials and persons carrying out mining operations...” 

Earlier, the court had ordered the CB-CID to conduct a probe into the illegal mining operations taking place in Tirupur. The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice MM Sundresh was hearing a contempt petition filed by D Prabhakaran seeking action against District Collector of Tirupur, Executive Engineer, PWD of Bhavanisagar Basin, Erode district, and tehsildar of Avinashi taluk in Tirupur for allegedly not heeding an earlier court order.

The bench directed police to obtain requisite permission to file the FIR against the officials concerned and further said, “We expect the government to deal with the case for permissions within 15 days from the date of such permission is sought by CB-CID...”
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