Advocate General S Sriram said the petitioner had earlier approached the NGT against the illegal sand mining and the tribunal has issued certain orders.
The court was hearing on Wednesday a PIL filed by a city-based social activist Prasanta Kumar, drawing attention to illegal sand mining by use of heavy equipment and seeking a halt to the activity.
Sand mining case: Enforcement Directorate ill-treated us, say TN Water Resources Department officials
Ever since September 12, the directorate has been searching sand quarries, contractors’ offices, and houses, without any pause.
The division bench observed that the Central agency is on a 'fishing expedition' without finding the existence of tainted money.
Senior counsel Dushyant Dave, representing the state, contended that offences under the Mines and Minerals Act are not scheduled offences as per the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The disclosure was made in an objection affidavit filed by ED on the batch of petitions filed by the Tamil Nadu government and collectors challenging the issuance of summons to the collectors.
“The process, purportedly taken under PMLA, is to pressurise and demoralise the state administration from discharging its functions and duties without any just cause and reason,” the petitions said.
Advocate Bhaskar Rao Mudbool is striving to convince the government of the necessity of setting up a memorial at the place where the world-famous diamond is said to have been mined.
A 28-year-old sub-inspector of police (SI) was mowed down and a home guard was seriously injured by a tractor carrying illegally mined sand in Bihar's Jamui district on Tuesday
He added that formation of an expert committee for the purpose of re-assessment of environmental compensation would be completed in a month.
While the government introduced an online system for sand sale, contractors responsible for distribution have vacated the yards following the raid.
Hundreds of tractor-trolleys can be seen lifting sand from the river bed with the help of earth-movers during dusk almost everyday.
Das was accused of illegal sand mining and suspended and arrested in 2018 by the Bureau of Investigation of Economic Offences (BIEO) net at Guwahati.
On March 23, the NGT issued directions to stop the mining activity, following which the SEIAA – Andhra Pradesh issued a stop notice to all the sand reaches.
The officials responsible for taking note of the backgrounds and political positions of persons engaged in illegal mining had not taken any action.
The firm engaged with sand mining operations in the said reaches will have to obtain environmental clearances to take up the sand mining operations.
MLAs Allama Prabhu Patil from Gulbarga South and MY Patil from Afzalpur constituencies raised the issue of illegal sand mining.
A humiliated Sarathkumar, who hails from a Scheduled Caste community, took the extreme step, a few days after the incident.
The SP said that the incident took place on June 15 when head constable identified as 51-year-old Mayura Chauhan was trying to stop a tractor transporting illegally mined sand in Jewargi taluk.
According to sources, M Raja is a resident of Yenathimangalam village where a government sand mine was set up along the Thenpennai in 2019.