PIL filed against cement firms in Meghalaya
A public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed by the Jaintia Youth Federation (JYF) in the Supreme Court regarding 'gross violation' of Forest Act, 1980, by cement companies in Jaintia Hills of Maghalaya in course of limestone mining in forest areas taken on lease from local tribals.
The Chief Justice of Supreme Court, in his ruling disposed of the PIL with provision for JYF to file the petition in an appropriate court first. Accordingly, JYF filed a fresh PIL in Gauhati high court.The Supreme Court ruling on TN Godavarman versus Union of India, State of Meghalaya and nine cement companies, located at Jaintia Hills among others are respondents. The nine cement companies are Star Cement, Topcem, Taj Cement, Best Cement, Green Valley Industries, Amrit Cement Industries, Adhunik Cement, Cosmos Cement, Goldstone Cement. Chief Justice AK Goel and Justice N Kotiswar Singh, directed the secretary, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, to look into the matter relating to alleged violation of law and to take steps in the matter within three months besides submitting a report to court.