The Supreme Court on Wednesday imposed a hundred percent penalty on mining companies which were operating without necessary clearances in Odisha.
In April 2014, Prashant Bhushan on behalf of the NGO Common Cause had filed a petition in the SC seeking action against leases indicted by the MB Shah Commission on illegal mining.
He also filed a petition seeking a directive to put a stop on the illegal mining in the state.
Earlier on September 21, 2016, the apex court had issued a notice to the Centre and the Odisha Government demanding a detailed reply of the iron ore sharing contract between Sarda Mines and Jindal Steel and power Limited (JSPL) within two months.
A division bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justice C. Nagappan, sought the reply from both the Centre and Odisha Government.