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Monday, 17 August 2020

Congress MPs, SAD seek CBI probe into ‘illegal’ sand mining

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16

Days after cornering the Capt Amarinder Singh government on the tragic deaths due to spurious liquor, two Congress Rajya Sabha MPs and Opposition parties have now demanded a CBI probe into the alleged illegal sand mining operations in the state.

Welcoming the directives of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the existence of illegal checkpoints (nakas) near mining sites in Ropar, Congress MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo said it was clear that the state Department of Mines and Geology and the Home Department had failed in curbing illegal mining and sand mafia in Punjab.

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  • AAP MP Bagwant Mann said the "notorious" trade had been flourishing since 2007 and therefore, it was imperative to bring the period starting from 2007 till date under investigation. "The High Court has been constrained to step into the matter as the present Congress government has also patronised all sorts of mafia on the lines of the previous Badal government," he said.

They said they had requested the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court not to confine the preliminary inquiry to just Ropar district, but take suo motu cognisance and expand the ambit of the investigation to the whole state. To prevent further damage to the environment and erosion of public trust with the institutions that governed the state, an independent and fair inquiry must be ordered into the operations of the sand mafia in Punjab, the duo said.

MLA Sukhpal Khaira also urged the High Court to expand the scope of the CBI inquiry.

Meanwhile, the SAD welcomed Punjab and Haryana High Court's decision of handing over 'goonda tax' scam probe in the district to the CBI.

SAD leaders Prem Singh Chandumajra and Daljit Singh Cheema said the court's decision would be a big step towards putting a check to illegal mining prevalent all over the state. Chandumajra said his party would move an application soon in the court seeking expansion of CBI probe in this regard to all parts of the state.



from The Tribune https://ift.tt/347Dr5m

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