Hyderabad, Nov 21: The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court has established that the the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by Karnataka Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy is carrying out 'illegal' mining of iron ore in the Andhra Pradesh-Karnataka border.
In its report, the CEC notes "their efforts have been to cover up the illegal mining being done by OMC in the unallotted forest areas outside the approved mining leases".
The commission has requested the apex court to suspend all mining activity in the region immediately till the boundaries of the mining leases are fixed by an independent agency.
"All mining activity, including the transportation of already mined material from all the six mining leases should remain suspended till the demarcation of boundaries is done," CEC member M K Jiwrajka said.
The CEC submitted its report on Thursday, Nov 19.