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SC restrains MP govt from granting mining licences

A bench comprising chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice and sought response of the state government on the allegation that the Mines and Minerals Department, which had not granted licences for mining for five to eight years, decided to consider a large number of applications within three days to avoid the model code of conduct.

The Bhopal-based NGO – Parishram Samaj Evam Kalyan Samiti – challenged the order of the Madhaya Pradesh high court which had on 16 September dismissed its petition on the first hearing.
The NGO has also made the state’s minister of mines and minerals resources Rajendra Kumar Shukla, Election Commission of India, State Election Commission and Central Bureau of Investigation as respondents in the appeal.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, submitted it was learnt from various public sources that on three dates in succession, i.e. on 20 and 27 August and on 3 September the mines and mineral department took up a total of around 140 files relating to different areas along with around 1200 applications filed for grant of mineral concessions of major minerals, like iron ore, bauxite, manganese, etc.
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