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The Centre on Friday moved a petition seeking to transfer all cases related to the cancellation of mining licences pending before different high courts to the Supreme Court.
A bench headed by the Chief Justice issued notices and sought reply from various mining companies that have challenged the cancellation of mining licenses.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the matter before the CJI. Centre said the petitions filed by the companies involved substantial questions of law, such as the jurisdiction and power of the inter-ministerial group (IMG) to review the progress of development of coal blocks allotted, to recommend de-allocation where substantial progress has not be made or to direct providing of bank guarantee, to invoke bank guarantee as well as the decision to cancel licences based on the IMG’s recommendations. The Centre’s transfer petition also said the IMG took up 58 cases for review where show cause notices were issued.
The coal ministry stated the firms in their petitions before the HCs have alleged violation of principles of justice, IMG’s power to frame guidelines to be followed and power and jurisdiction to make such recommendations.