SC questions centre's powers to allocate coal blocks

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 14:50 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Expressing doubts about the allocation of coal blocks by the central government being in accordance with statutory provisions, the Supreme Court Thursday questioned its powers to do so.

The apex court bench of Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice J. Chelameswar observed that the manner in which coal blocks were allocated "might be extra-legal".

It sought a response from the government on its powers to allocate coal blocks while hearing two petitions seeking cancellation of the blocks distribution process which drew adverse comment from the government auditor.

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