Ranchi: Taking tough stand against people occupying public land and buildings illegally, the Jharkhand High Court ordered the state government and the CBI to remove occupants by June 27 disclosing their names and identities.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Prakash Tatia and Justice Jaya Roy on Monday pronounced the order while hearing the case of illegal occupation on the government properties.

As many as 15,317 residential quarters of Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) are illegally occupied. The CCL is spending Rs 32 crore on electricity and water bills, while maintenance work costs it Rs 94 lakh annually.

Appreciating the CBI efforts, the bench also sought the reply from the Union Heavy Industry, Coal and Steel Ministry in this context.
The bench also directed the probe agency to submit the progress report in a month.

Earlier, CCL said the rescue station of CCL in Ramgarh is under the occupancy of Deputy Commissioner.

JPN/Bureau