Supreme Court directs Centre to place Shah panel report before it

A green bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik also directed the Centre to provide a copy of the reports to Central Empowered Committee.

The bench passed the order after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioners, alleged that contents of the reports, published in newspapers, are shocking and the apex court should analyse them.

The bench posted the case for hearing on 27 January on which it would also hear the plea of the petitioner seeking its direction to the Centre to extend the time period of Shah Commission of Inquiry by one year to enable the Commission to complete its inquiry and submit reports on mining related issues in accordance with its terms of reference.

‘The decision not to grant extension to Shah Commission as was sought by the Commission itself is clearly mala fide since it had become clear that the work of the Commission was affecting the interest of the big corporate and mining barons, as well as of the top politicians and ministers in the country.
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