Karnataka High Court today directed the government to take stringent steps to stop mining and granite quarrying on forest land.

The green bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice A S Bopanna further directed the government to cancel the lease of all such firms who were engaged in these operations on forest land and submit a report within four weeks on the steps they (government) are going to take.

The bench gave the directions on a petition filed by a resident of Somwarpet (Kodagu) challenging the government order cancelling the lease of some firms which were engaged in mining and granite quarrying in forest land.