The Asian Age

‘ Ex­empted mines must com­pen­sate’

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

At­tor­ney- gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi said that the ex­empted coal mines should meet the con­di­tion of com­pen­sat­ing the loss of ` 295 per tonne bore by the gov­ern­ment and en­ter into a power pur­chase agree­ment at ` 95 per tonne to cover up the loss.

The court was told that there was a need to save th­ese 40 coal blocks from “guil­lo­tine of can­cel­la­tion” as im­prob­a­bil­ity of coal avail­abil­ity would af­fect the plants as the coun­try is any­way fac­ing acute short­age of power sup­ply.

Mr Ro­hatgi also claimed that the gov­ern­ment wasn’t in favour of set­ting up of any com­mit­tee com­pris­ing its re­tired judges as sug­gested by the top court to an­a­lyse the con­se­quences of the ver­dict on the al­lo­ca­tion which has been held as il­le­gal.

Mr Ro­hatgi told the bench of jus­tices Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph, “We don’t want any com­mit­tee. If it has to go, all ( coal block al­lo­ca­tions) must go. My thought is the gov­ern­ment view.”

The court has asked the Cen­tre to file an af­fi­davit on its stand. “Union is very clear that auc­tion should take place. They are very clear that all the 218 coal blocks be put un­der auc­tion,” said the bench.

The bench also made an ob­ser­va­tion that the al­lo­ca­tions have been found to be al­to­gether il­le­gal. “There­fore it ( Cen­tre) wants to start from a clean slate,” added the court.

 ?? — AFP ?? Vil­lagers watch from a bridge as oth­ers try to catch fish in the over­flow­ing Lak­na­pur project ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nel fol­low­ing heavy rain in the Pa­rigi Man­dal area of Ranga Reddy dis­trict, near Hy­der­abad, on Mon­day.
— AFP Vil­lagers watch from a bridge as oth­ers try to catch fish in the over­flow­ing Lak­na­pur project ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nel fol­low­ing heavy rain in the Pa­rigi Man­dal area of Ranga Reddy dis­trict, near Hy­der­abad, on Mon­day.

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