SC directed to Government of India to place Shah Commission report by 27 January

Jan 14, 2014 11:38 IST

The Supreme Court of India on 13 January 2014 directed the Government of India to place the report of Justice Shah Commission on illegal mining in Odisha and Jharkhand. The Court has asked the Government to place the report to it by 27 January 2014.

The green bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice AK Patnaik has also ordered the government to provide a copy of the reports to the Central Empowered Committee. The order was passed, when the advocate Prashant Bhusan alleged the contents of the reports, which have been published in newspapers, are shocking and the Apex Court should analyse it.
The report of the commission has been marked as a secret and thus it has been decided to not to put it on the public domain, until it is tabled in the Parliament. The reports have not been tabled in the Parliament till now, whereas under the Commission of Inquiry Act 1952, a report of a committee should be tabled in the Parliament within six months of its submission.

The case has been posted to 27 January 2014 for hearing, during the hearing, the court will also hear the plea of the petitioner that seeks its direction for the centre to extend the time period of the Shah Commission of inquiry by one Year. The extension of the inquiry will help the commission to complete its inquiry highlighting the issues in accordance with its terms of reference.

About Justice Shah Commission on Illegal Mining of Iron and Manganese
The Government of India has set up Justice MB Shah Commission of Inquiry for Illegal Mining of Iron Ore and Manganese vide Notification dated 22 November 2010.The Commission was asked to recommend remedial measures to prevent mining trade, transportation and export, which was done illegally pr without lawful authority. The commission was headquartered in Mumbai and was given a time limit of 18 months from the date of its first sitting.

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