Goa: The crucial mining matter is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday in the Supreme Court (SC) which will decide on the resumption of mining activities. During the last hearing, the case was adjourned as the formal order was not passed by the Chief Justice of India on the application moved by the state government to tag the state’s review petition along with the mining companies’ special leave petition (SLP). Twenty six panchayats have approached the SC with an interlocutory application ) seeking impleadment in the case.
In February 2018, the SC had quashed the second renewal of 88 mining leases, bringing the entire mining industry to a halt. Last year, the state government filed a review petition against the order. It also sought to tag the review petition with the one filed by mining companies seeking to extend their leases till 2037. The companies had filed a special leave petition in the SC after the high court dismissed their petitions challenging the Goa, Daman and Diu (Abolition and Declaration of Mining Leases) Act, 1987.
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