On Thursday The Supreme Court refused to restrain coal companies, who were asked to wind up operations in 6 months, from extracting more coal and selling it in market.
The apex court said that, “these companies were given 6 months’ time and we cannot direct them not to excavate coal during the period”.
The Supreme Court had quashed the allocation of 214 out of 218 coal blocks, which were allotted to various companies since 1993.
The bench, comprising justices Kurian Joseph and Madan B Lokur, granted six months breathing time to mining companies to wind up their operations in the coal blocks.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha, saved four blocks: one belonging to NTPC and SAIL respectively and two allocated to Ultra Mega Power Projects, from being cancelled.