Justice K.C. Bhanu of the AP High Court on Tuesday issued notices to two state ministers E. Pratap Reddy and G. Aruna Kumari on a plea, challenging a memo issued by the principal secretary, industries and commerce department, permitting G. Venkatramireddy of Palukuru, Kurnool, to mine polished slabs.
The judge was dealing with the plea by one P. Lalithamma and her two sisters, stating that the land where the mining was allowed belonged to them and their brother. Despite the fact that they had a share in the land, their brother obtained the mining lease, claiming that he was its sole owner. When they represented the issue, the assistant director of mines suspended the lease. They said their brother filed a review application before Ms Aruna Kumari and succeeded in the revival of his lease with the help Mr Pratap Reddy. The respondents were directed to file their counter affidavits.