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Odisha illegal mining scam: SC imposes 100 pc penalty on illegal companies

New Delhi, Aug 2 (UNI) The Supreme Court today imposed 100 per cent penalty on mining companies which were operating without necessary clearances in Odisha.
A division bench, headed by Justice Madan Bhimrao Lockur and also comprising Justice Deepak Gupta, passed the order after hearing in detail the arguments from various petitioners and respondents in the matter.
It asked the Central government to have a re-look of the National Mineral Policy 2008.
''We are not ordering the CBI for an inquiry on illegal mining as of now,'' it said.
The petitioners alleged that various mining companies had operated in Odisha without the necessary forest, environment clearance and mining outside their lease area in the state.
Meanwhile, the pleas filed by JSPL, Tata Steel, Essel Mining and others to resume their mining works will be heard after two weeks.
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