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Court refuses to stay State MoU with Posco, Arcelor Mittal

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday cleared the decks for the State Government to enter into an agreement with two multinational steel giants to set up steel plants in Bellary when it refused to pass interim orders barring the State from signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with POSCO from South Korea and Arcelor Mittal of the United Kingdom.

Arun Agarwal filed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging the decision of the State to enter into a MoU with POSCO and Arcelor for setting up steel plants in Bellary.

The petitioner wanted the State to ensure that the rich iron ore resources are exploited by the State itself and that mines are not handed over to individuals and private companies.

A Division Bench comprising Justice V.G. Sabhahit and Justice B. Manohar rejected the interim prayer as sought for by Mr. Agarwal. It adjourned the case.

Report

The Forest Department submitted a report containing the names of persons and organisations it had permitted to enter the forests for carrying our investigations into wildlife and other related activities.

The list was furnished to the court by the Chief Wildlife Warden B.K. Singh.

The court was dealing with a petition by Charanda Nand Subbaiah challenging the permission given by the Forest Department to several non-governmental organisations and persons to enter the forests to carry out investigation into wildlife.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Ajit Gunjal asked the Government to file an affidavit and adjourned the case.

Notice to Government

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered issue of notices to the State Government, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, the Lake Development Authority and other respondents in a petition seeking a direction to preserve and protect lakes and water bodies in and around Bangalore.

An advocate from Bangalore, S. Vasudeva, had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition.

A Division Bench adjourned the case.

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