SC rejects plea to stop firms from mining coal

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea to stop coal companies, found to have gotten coal block allocations illegally, from extracting coal and selling it in the market.

A three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice H L Dattu said companies could not be stopped from taking coal during the period as the apex court had already granted six months’ time to them.

“If they want to excavate coal, no one can stop them. They have been given six months’ time. Why should court direct them not to extract coal during this period?” the bench, also comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and A K Sikri, said.

Advocate-petitioner M L Sharma, on whose plea the court had earlier cancelled 214 out of 218 coal blocks allocation, submitted that the companies are extracting three to four times more coal per day which could cause huge losses to the exchequer.

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