Besides being in power in Meghalaya, the NPP backs the BJP governments in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.
The two-judge bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer scheduled the next hearing on February 4.
The first body was detected on January 17 inside the mine at a depth of 160 feet and at a lateral distance of 210 feet.
The body was found 280 feet inside the rat hole mine by divers from the Navy.
Hussain, 30, is survived by his mother, wife and three children, aged 2, 7 and 9 years. This was his second stint in the mines. Earlier, during the summer of 2018, he went for a month and according to his family, earned around Rs 60,000.
Official spokesperson of the rescue operation R Susngi said the body was "fully intact" and that this was the same body which was earlier detected by the Navy.
Navy divers, who had suspended their operation on Sunday on the advice of the district administration, along with NDRF personnel, used remotely operated vehicles.
“Presumably, and as per latest reports, the bodies of the remaining miners are behind the body detected on 16.01.2019,” the state said in its status report even as the Centre told the court that rescue operations would not be abandoned.
The families of those trapped inside the mine, now at least want their bodies recovered — even if it’s just a finger, a hand or a leg.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters that it did not look like rescuers would be able to retrieve the body.
Meghalaya mine collapse: More than a month after the rescue operation began, the Indian Navy detected a body at the illegal mine. Here is a brief timeline of the rescue operation.
More than a month after 15 labourers were trapped inside an illegal mine in East Jaintia Hills, Indian Navy divers on Thursday spotted one body using underwater remotely operated vehicles.
In April 2014, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned illegal mining of coal in the state, specifically mentioning the rat-hole technique.
According to collated government data, which The Indian Express accessed, 948 cases have been chargesheeted, the final report has been submitted for a further 139 cases, while and 229 cases are “pending”. In this period of approximately five years, 9351.20 MT of coal has been seized.
The first part of the report, submitted to the Supreme Court in the first week of December, had named about a dozen politicians who allegedly own coal mines themselves or have relatives who are coal miners.
Relatives of the mine workers, however, say they have no hopes of the men returning home alive.
After Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) severed its ties with the BJP over the passing of Citizenship Amending Bill in the Lok Sabha, speculations about NPP withdrawing its support from the BJP-led Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) surfaced.
The Centre on Friday told the apex court it has to "believe in miracles" and see if the miners come out alive. The Indian Navy and planes and helicopters of the Indian Air Force have been deployed in the rescue operations.
The three-member NGT committee, constituted in August last year, is currently studying the environmental aspects of rat-hole mining in the state.
“We do not know if they are dead or alive. But miracles can happen. So we have to keep trying until we have some result,” the bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer told the Meghalaya government.
"If you are looking for humour, read up on the rescue mission to save the 15 miners trapped in the coalmine in Meghalaya," says stand-up comic Abhineet Mishra in his act about the Meghalaya mine tragedy.
EJH district police said they had received an FIR from Phillip Bareh of Khliehriat that his nephew Elad Bareh (26) was missing since January 4. On Sunday, Bareh’s body was found in front of a coal quarry at Mooknor, Jalyiah village.
Crawling for 6-7 hours hauling a coal cart in complete dark for Rs 1,500 per day, or scrounging for work at home, earning Rs 200 daily. This difference is what draws men from Chirang in Assam to East Jaintia mines in Meghalaya — including the three missing now and the one survivor
Rescue divers from the Indian Navy and the NDRF are yet to be able to make any significant impact in their search and rescue operations as the water level is still beyond 100 feet, the safe diving capacity for the divers, an official said.
Rescue divers from the Indian Navy and the NDRF are yet to be able to make any significant impact in their search and rescue operations as the water level is still beyond 100 feet, the safe diving capacity for the divers.