The Supreme Court today agreed to review its 2010 order quashing iron ore and manganese mining leases of JSW Steel Ltd and Kalyani Steels Ltd in the Bellary-Hospet region of Karnataka.
The apex court agreed to hear the Centre’s review plea that sought rehearing of the case on grounds that the Centre wasn’t duly served notice in the case.
The court will hear the case on Nov 6. The two-judge bench headed by Justice P. Sathasivam said the records of the case show that notice was served to the coal ministry instead of the mines ministry, and so a review petition is maintainable.
Background of Case
On Sep 13, 2010, on a petition filed by Sandur Manganese and Iron Ores Ltd and MSPL Ltd, SC quashed grant of mining leases to JSW Steel and Kalyani Steels. The court had directed the Karnataka government to consider afresh all applications for the mining leases.
The central and Karnataka governments, JSW Steel, and Kalyani Steels had filed separate review petitions seeking recall of the 2010 order on grounds that it had certain “apparent errors”.
Recommendation for grant of mining leases to JSW Steel and Kalyani Steels were made in December 2004 by Karnataka government, for over 280 ha land that was earlier leased to Sandur Manganese. MSPL Ltd had also opposed the grant of lease to JSW Steel and Kalyani Steels, as it had also applied for 298.5 ha land in the area.
The Centre had in 2006 accepted the recommendation of the state government.