28 Sep 2020  |   06:30am IST

Goa mining case hearing today

Goa mining case hearing today

Team Herald

PANJIM: The crucial Goa mining case related to resumption of iron ore activities in the State will come up for hearing before the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Monday. 

The Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by mining company challenging Goa, Daman and Diu (Abolition and Declaration of mining leases) Act 1987, the decision on State’s government’s application to tag their review petition, interlocutory application filed by 26 village panchayats seeking impleadment in the mining case, application seeking further six-month extension for transportation of royalty paid ore and the application filed by the Goa Foundation seeking clarity on the Supreme Court’s order dated January 30, order allowing transportation of royalty paid ore, will come up for hearing. 

The two-judge bench had on August 29 deferred the hearing in the Goa mining cases. The hearing was supposed to come up on September 9. However, the same was not listed. 

The iron ore mining industry in the State is shut since March 2018 after the Apex Court quashed second renewals granted to iron ore leases. 

Vedanta had moved the Supreme Court challenging the 1987 law that abolished mining concessions granted by the Portuguese government.

Union Mines Ministry, had in March 2019, filed interlocutory application (IA) for an early hearing in the batch of matters related to Goa, Daman and Diu (Abolition and Declaration of Mining Leases)Act 1987. Goa Mining People's Front had also filed IA in the matter. 

The State Government had in November 2019 moved Apex Court seeking that the court should revisit its order dated February 2018, wherein it had declared all 88 mining leases as null and void.

The Government had contended before the court that under the amendment to Section 8 of the Mines and Minerals Development Regulation (MMDR) Act, the mining companies are entitled to extend their mining leases upto 2037.

In August, this year, 26 panchayats moved Supreme Court to be party in the case. The mining companies in July approached the Court seeking further six months time to transport the royalty paid ore citing pandemic-related delays. 

Stating that all the 88 iron ore mining leases, whose renewals were struck down by the Court should have been reverted back to government by July 31, 2020, GF, in an application, earlier last week, pleaded for necessary directions to State to take “effective possession” of all the lease areas as well as the dumps outside the leases.


Iddhar Udhar