Supreme Court sets aside petition against allotment of 140 mines in 3 days
BHOPAL: The Supreme
Court has set aside writ petition against allotment of 140 mines made before
last Vidhan Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. The court has found as baseless
all the charges leveled against Mineral Resources Minister Rajendra Shukla
pertaining to allotment of these mines.
Evam Samaj Kalyan Samiti had filed a writ petition in October 2013 alleging
that the Mineral Resources Minister Rajendra Shukla had allocated 140 mines
from among 1200 applications within 3 days before enforcement of model code of
conduct for Vidhan Sabha elections committing irregularities.
petition on October 8, 2013, the Supreme Court ordered status quo in the case
of mines’ allotment in Madhya Pradesh.
The petitioner had
alleged in his appeal that hearing process on August 20, 27 and September 3,
2013 was illegal. Therefore, hearing done on these dates should be investigated
through CBI. The petitioner had also made CBI a party in the case.
The Supreme Court
had fixed July 1, 2014 as the last date for hearing and directed all litigants
to produce their versions. Madhya Pradesh Mineral Resources Department produced
its reply before the Supreme Court saying that all processes were adopted as per
rules in allotment of mines.
In its reply, the
CBI informed the court that allegations leveled in the petition are baseless
and no illegality was committed in mines allotment. Therefore, the petition is
worthy of being set aside.
After hearing all
the parties, the Supreme Court in its final order dates July 1, 2014 set the
case aside finding all allegations pertaining to allotment of mines against
Mineral Resources Minister Rajendra Shukla as baseless.