The Supreme Court refused to allow miners to transport extracted coal lying at various sites in Meghalaya on Tuesday.
The decision was taken by a three-judge bench of Justice A K Sikri, Justice Abdul Nazeer and Justice M R Shah. The bench said various Interlocutory Applications have been filed for transportation of the coal already mined.
The apex court, which is seized of a plea filed by Lber Laloo, for lifting the ban on coal mining, had earlier issued notice to the Centre and the Meghalaya government, seeking their response on various issues connected with coal mining in the state.
Meanwhile, the court, while referring to coal mine tragedy where 15 miners got trapped in a rat-hole mine in East Jaintia Hills district, said illegal mining continued unabated in the state despite the ban and the state may not be supporting it but has failed to contain illegal mining.