(1.)By destroying nature, environment, man is committing matricide, having in a way killed Mother Earth. Technological excellence, growth of industries, economical gains have led to depletion of natural resources irreversibly. Indifference to the grave consequences, lack of concern and foresight have contributed in large measures to the alarming position. In the case at hand, the alleged victim is the flora and fauna in and around Kudremukh National Park, a part of the Western Ghats. The forests in the area are among 18 internationally recognized "hotspots" for biodiversity conservation in the world. IA No. 670 of 2001 was filed by Shri K. M. Chinnappa describing himself as trustee, Wildlife First.
(2.)The said IA No. 670 of 2001 is an offshoot of IA No. 548 filed by learned amicus curiae questioning the correctness of orders issued by the states of Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh respectively which according to him were in violation of the provisions contained in the Wild Life (Protection) act, 1972 (in short "the Act'). By order dated 14-2-2000, operation of any order permitting removal of certain trees from national parks, game sanctuaries and forests was injuncted. Subsequently, the word "forests" was deleted.
(3.)In the present IA learned amicus curiae has pointed out that notwithstanding orders passed by this Court on 12-12-1996 and 14-2-2000 mining activities were being conducted by Kudremukh Iron Ore Co. Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "the Company") which were in clear violation of the orders passed by this Court. The main reliefs sought are:
"(A) to direct Moef to withdraw the illegal 'temporary working permission' issued by it and stop mining activities; (b) direct KIOCL to stop polluting Bhadra river due to opencast mining; (c) take action against KIOCL for illegal encroachment in the forests and for destruction of forests in Kudremukh National Park; and (d) to stop KIOCL from laying new slurry pipeline in the forests of the national park. "