SC questions govt on coal blocks allotment, strongly defends CAG
Directing the Coal Ministry secretary to file an affidavit explaining the allotments and the reasons for not adopting the 2004 policy of competitive bidding, a bench of Justices R M Lodha and A R Dave also dismissed the Centre’s objections to the case relying on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on the alleged irregularities in the allotments. The CAG is a “constitutional authority” and that its report is “not a piece of trash”, the court said.
“Issues require explanation from you. After all, it is not distribution of a state property in a small way. These are mines of largesse and rightly described by the petitioner, not just tonnes of largesse, being distributed,” the bench said. “You may have well laid down policy but was it implemented? Is it a sheer coincidence that a large number of beneficiaries were either politicians or their relatives or associates? Let us have a very objective approach. We intend to concentrate on allocation.”
The court also turned down Solicitor General Rohinton Nariman’s contention that the petition was “premature” since it heavily relied on the CAG report, which is due to be considered by
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