MADURAI: Seventeen granite companies, including PRP Granites, have approached the Madras High Court Bench here to set aside the order of the single Judge and the show-cause notice issued by the Madurai Collector seeking explanation in the illegal quarrying case.
In their writ appeal, the granite companies contended that the show cause notice issued by the Collector is based on the imaginary evaluation report alleging loss to the government exchequer in crores. Further, the evaluation report does not disclose the parameters as well as other established principles governing the percentage of recovery in the evaluation report.
The single judge ought not have issued the show cause notice on the basis of false report which is not supported by any evidenc about the percentage of recovery and the show cause notice is a pre-decided one. The petitioners also submitted that the Collector has no power or authority to order inspection of the lease hold area of the granite quarry and the rules of Mines Act does not contemplate any power to the district Collector. Hence, the petitioners pleaded to set aside the order of the single judge who dismissed their petitions challenging the show cause notice issued by the Collector. Admitting the petitions, a Bench comprising Justices V Dhanapalan and V M Velumani adjourned the case to December 22.