Plea on ore transportation: SC reserves order




Concluding the hearing with regard to a petition related to transportation of royalty paid ore, the Supreme Court on Monday reserved the order in the case.

A mining company had sought a six-month extension period for the transportation of royalty paid ore by citing the pandemic-related delay. An NGO had also filed an application before the apex court, opposing the mining company’s plea for extension of time.

The apex court concluded the hearing and reserved the order for a further date. The apex court also

rejected permission to file applications for intervention. “Miscellaneous application(s) stands disposed of accordingly,” stated the court order.

An NGO had filed an application seeking direction to the Goa government to take possession of all mining leases in the state as per the rules in force. The application stated, “At the very outset, it is humbly submitted that there has been continuing and widespread abuse of the judgment/order dated January 30, 2020, by the erstwhile mining leaseholders and traders in Goa who are enjoying the support of the Goa government. The transactions are leading to unwarranted and illegal handover of largesse to a few actors. It is respectfully submitted that ore (mineral) is the property of the State and as such, the State should have e-auctioned the same in accordance with the present law of the land (MMDR Act, 1957).”