All coal blocks allocated from 1993 illegal: SC

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014 15:02 hrs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday held that the coal blocks allocated from 1993 onwards were illegal, arbitrary, non-transparent and were devoid of any procedure.

The apex court bench comprising Chief Justice RM Lodha, Justice Madan B Lokur, and Justice Kurian Joseph, however, stopped short of pronouncing instant cancellation of the coal blocks as it may have serious repercussions.

The court suggested setting up a committee headed by a retired apex court judge to examine what should be done for the re-allocation of these coal blocks.

The court made it clear that it was just a suggestion and it was open to a better option.

The next hearing will be held on September 1 to consider the question of setting up a committee that will go into the allocation of coal blocks and how it should be done.

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