Court directs CS, DGP to file independent report on illegal coal trade

Shillong, Feb 23: The Meghalaya High Court on Wednesday sought an independent report from the chief secretary and the DGP on illegal coal mining in the state.

A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice W Diengdoh, said in its order, “An independent report should be filed by the Chief Secretary to the State and the Director General of Police when this matter appears a week hence, preferably, upon visiting the areas.”


The court has taken cognizance of reports and the complaint filed by the Nokma of Nengchigen against certain persons, including the police, alleging widespread illegal mining of coal on clan land.

The high court also threatened to appoint a special investigation team to investigate into the alleged illegal coal racket in the state.

“It is made clear that the matter complained of needs to be looked into, without any political interference; or else, the Court may be constrained to appoint a fact-finding committee or even put a special investigation team in place or take the assistance of some agency so that the matter is appropriately and thoroughly investigated in accordance with law and the persons involved are brought to book,” the order said.

The next hearing has been fixed on March 2.

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