The Supreme Court on Friday allowed Chowgule and Company Private Limited to transport the ‘royalty-paid’ iron ore which had been extracted and has been lying at the jetties on or before March 15, 2018.
A two-judge bench of Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta noted that the iron ore, which is sought to be loaded on the vessels in the port area in Goa, is ‘royalty-paid’ and it had been removed and brought to the jetties on or before March 15, 2018.
“Under these circumstances, we are of the view that the iron ore which is royalty paid and which is lying on the jetties on or before March 15, 2018 should be permitted to be loaded on the barges and on the vessels so that they can be transported to their destinations,” the bench said.
The apex court also sought details on ore extraction that took place between February 7 and March 15 after the counsel appearing for an NGO alleged that rampant mining took place from the day the SC order came on February 7, 2018 to March 15, 2018.
“We would like to have full details about the mining that has taken place during the period from February 7, 2018 till March 15, 2018,” the SC ordered.
Permitting the firm to transport the ‘royalty-paid’ iron ore, the apex court asked the Goa government to ensure and confirm that only that iron ore is loaded which is ‘royalty-paid’ and which has been lying at the jetties on or before March 15, 2018.
The apex court, while keeping the matter for hearing in the third week of July, said that there will be no movement of iron ore until further orders except the iron ore which has reached the jetties.
The order came on the special leave petition of
Chowgule company appealing against the May 5 verdict of the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court that had set aside the state government’s order allowing movement of the ‘royalty-paid’ iron ore lying outside the mining lease areas.
Earlier, the apex court had allowed transportation of ore from loading points on river jetties while disposing of a joint special leave application filed by Vedanta Resources and another local mining company appealing against the March 28 verdict of the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court, which had stopped all transportation of iron ore.
In February, the apex court had quashed the second renewal of 88 iron ore mining leases in Goa effected in 2015, asking the firms to stop all mining operations from March 16 until fresh mining leases and environmental clearances were granted to them in accordance with the provisions of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.
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