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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.

Parishram Samaj 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.

Hearing the 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.