Union Government on 1 September 2014 informed to the Supreme Court that it wants re-auction of all 218 the coal blocks that was declared illegal by it. But it also urged the Apex Court to spare 46 coal blocks of which 40 are functional and 6 are ready to start operations, out of the 218 those were declared illegal by it on 25 August 2014.
The exemption from cancellation and re-auction of the 46 blocks were asked, provided they meet the condition of compensating the loss caused to the government.
Earlier, the three-judge bench of Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of India R M Lodha termed all the allocations between 1993 and 2010 as illegal. It asked the government whether it would not be better, if the government started again on a clean slate.
During the hearing of the apex court on 1 September 2014, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi informed the court that of 218 allocations, 80 were already de-allocated prior to the verdict. At present there are only 138 allocated blocks of which 40 are operational and six are ready for operations.
He also informed to the court that the government didn’t agree with its suggestion to appoint a committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to study the consequences of declaring coal block allocations illegal.
After being informed by Attorney-General, the Supreme posted the hearing of the case on 9 September 2014 and also directed the government to file an affidavit with its suggestions.
Who: Union Government
When: on 1 September 2014