According to collated government data, which The Indian Express accessed, 948 cases have been chargesheeted, the final report has been submitted for a further 139 cases, while and 229 cases are “pending”. In this period of approximately five years, 9351.20 MT of coal has been seized.
The first part of the report, submitted to the Supreme Court in the first week of December, had named about a dozen politicians who allegedly own coal mines themselves or have relatives who are coal miners.
After Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) severed its ties with the BJP over the passing of Citizenship Amending Bill in the Lok Sabha, speculations about NPP withdrawing its support from the BJP-led Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) surfaced.
The Centre on Friday told the apex court it has to "believe in miracles" and see if the miners come out alive. The Indian Navy and planes and helicopters of the Indian Air Force have been deployed in the rescue operations.
“We do not know if they are dead or alive. But miracles can happen. So we have to keep trying until we have some result,” the bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer told the Meghalaya government.
"If you are looking for humour, read up on the rescue mission to save the 15 miners trapped in the coalmine in Meghalaya," says stand-up comic Abhineet Mishra in his act about the Meghalaya mine tragedy.