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HC to Centre: Coal ordinance not clear

The Delhi HC has asked the Centre to give an explanation for creating three separate schedules of coal blocks.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
January 30, 2015 2:55:51 am

The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to give an explanation for creating three separate schedules of coal blocks according to their operational status in the 2014 coal block de-allocation ordinance, stating that the ordinance was “not clear.”

“The end use is not a part of this… whoever drafted this was not clear,” said the court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva on Thursday. The comment was made during a hearing on the plea filed by Naveen Jindal-owned JSPL against the change in the end use of two coal blocks in Orissa, which had earlier been allocated to JSPL.

During the hearing, senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for JSPL argued that the three schedules in the 2014 coal block ordinance were for distinct lists of coal blocks.

“Schedule one had all the cancelled blocks. Schedule two comprised those blocks of schedule one which were fully operational. Schedule three were the non-operational blocks. What was the purpose of schedule 3?” court asked.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was present in court, was also asked to explain the process of coal block allocation, after the court raised the issue of whether the coal blocks were allocated with a specific end use in mind. The court will now hear the arguments further on Friday.

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