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Apex court dismisses petition by JSW,others on mine lease verdict

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed review petitions filed by the Centre and others against a decision for not granting JSW Steel and Kalyani Steels

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed review petitions filed by the Centre and others against a decision for not granting JSW Steel and Kalyani Steels the mining leases on 380 hectares in Sandur in Karnataka’s Bellary district.

A bench led by Justice P Sathasivam dismissed the cross-petitions filed by four mining companies and the Centre,seeking review of its September 2010 verdict on various grounds.

This verdict had set aside a recommendation by the Karnataka government,later endorsed by the Centre,to allow mining of iron and manganese ores by JSW and Kalyani in Sandur.

The court dismissed petition by the mines ministry,JSW Steel,Sandur Manganese & Iron Ores Ltd,MSPL Ltd and Kalyani Steels,seeking review or modification of the September judgment.

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“In review jurisdiction,the court shall interfere only when there is a glaring omission or patent mistake or when a grave error has crept in the impugned judgment,which we fail to notice in the present case,” held the bench.

The court also made it clear that the state government cannot frame policy for granting mining leases going beyond the scope of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act,and Mineral Concession Rules.

“There is no question of the state having any power to frame a policy de hors (without) the Act and the Rules…” the court held.

First published on: 24-04-2013 at 01:06 IST
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