The central empowered committee of the Supreme Court recommended cancellation of all three mining leases of Obulapuram Mining Company in Andhra Pradesh citing various illegalities. The panel has also sought cancellation of the mining lease of the sister concern Anantapur Mining Company. These companies belong to Gali Janardhan Reddy, Karnataka minister.
The Supreme Court committee sharply criticised the AP government for the irregular manner in which it renewed the mining leases of OMC and AMC thus contributing to the large-scale illegalities in the sector.
The committee also recommended fresh demarcation of mining leases of two other companies BIOP Ltd and YMS Ltd, who were found to have expanded their mining operations to the reserve forests.