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VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh High Court has asked the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) how it can appoint state government officials to the committee set up to look into Coastal crime. Regulation Zone (CRZ) in the restoration of Rushikonda hotels during The state government itself is facing allegations of mining on the hill.

The court asked the MoEF to reconsider its decision to appoint state government employees in the said committee. While hearing separate petitions alleging the wrongdoing of CRZ and the master plan of the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) in taking up the rehabilitation works of Rushikonda, the HC first asked the The MoEF will set up a committee and conduct an inquiry into the alleged violations.

The court wanted the committee to be headed by a responsible officer. When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, the Center said that a committee has been formed and the report will be submitted soon.

Investigators’ spokesperson KS Murthy told the court that the committee has three members from the state government over which the court expressed its satisfaction. Asking the MoEF to reconsider its decision, a bench of Chief Justice Prasant Kumar Mishra and Justice N Jayasurya posted the matter for hearing on December 21.

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