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Coal case: SC refuses to hear pleas of companies

The bench had on September 9 reserved its order on the fate of 218 coal blocks allocations.

The Supreme Court on Friday nixed a plea by some private companies, seeking to put on record their suggestions for a consideration by the court in case it decides to scrap all 218 allocations, declared illegal by August 25 verdict.

A bench led by Chief Justice RM Lodha turned down a request by power generating companies that they should be re-heard in case the apex court decides to cancel the allotments.

The bench had on September 9 reserved its order on the fate of 218 coal blocks allocations, after the Centre said it had no qualms if the court decides to scrap all and at the most, it could plead for saving 46 blocks, which were either operational or ready to be made functional.

The allottees, however, had blamed the government for irregularities and demanded setting up of a committee to go into each of the allocations. The Coal Producers Association, Sponge Iron Manufacturers Association and Independent Power Producers Association of India, besides counsel for the state governments were heard by the court before reserving its order.