The green tribunal imposed Rs 100 crore fine on the state government as a "deterrent" and for its "inaction" to curb illegal mining in the north eastern state.
• During the hearing, the state government had admitted that a large number of 'rat hole' mines were operating illegally.
• The amount of the fine will have to be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board within two months.
• The green bench in its order made it clear that the amount can be recovered from illegal miners and the officials responsible for operating mines illegally.
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