SC asks Meghalaya govt to submit technical committee’s report within a week

SHILLONG, Mar 28: The Supreme Court on Thursday has not decided on lifting the ban on coal mining in the state.

It may be mentioned that one Lber Laloo had petitioned the Supreme Court for lifting the ban on coal mining by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General, ANS Nadkarni sought time to file affidavit on behalf of the government.

In its order, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to file affidavit within a week.

“Rejoinder affidavit be filed before the next date of hearing,” the Supreme Court said.

Meanwhile, the counsel for Meghalaya government Ranjan Mukherjee submitted that the technical committee’s report has to be brought on record.

The Supreme Court directed the Meghalaya government to do so within a week.

It may be mentioned that the NGT had banned rat-hole coal mining in the state on April 17, 2014 and the deadline for transportation of extracted coal was being extended from time to time.

The next hearing in the case will be held on April 24.

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