Do not cancel all coal blocks: Govt to SC

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 01, 2014 21:19 hrs

The union government has urged the Supreme Court - which scrapped all coal block allocations since 1993 as illegal - to not cancel all allocations since it will lead to a power crisis in the nation, said media reports.

The government through Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the top court to spare some 46 blocks since it is needed for power given the critical power situation in the country.

Earlier, Coal Power Minister Piyush Goyal had welcomed the Supreme Court verdict which quashed all coal block allocations from 1993.

Reacting on the issue, Goyal told reporters that the verdict will not only put the dispute to rest but will also boost the economy as well. He said, The judgement has brought to finality and closure a dispute that has been going on for such a long time is a big plus for the economy.

Goyal asserted that the SC verdict has virtually sealed the policy of his Government on bringing clarity and transparency in policy for which PM Narendra Modi is famous.

The top court on August 25 quashed all allocations of coal blocks since 1993, delivering a historic judgement on the coal scam after hearing petitions seeking the scrapping of allocations.

The top Court has nullified all allocations whether through screening committee or through other means that took place till 2009 terming them as illegal and arbitrary. The top court also suggested to set up a committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to examine what should be done for the re-allocation of these coal blocks.

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