Exempt producing coal mines from de-allocation: AG to SC

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The Attorney General proposed to the Supreme Court on Monday that about 46 of the 216 coal mines it declared illegal should not be taken back from the companies that operate them as they were either producing or were close to producing.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi also told a Supreme Court hearing that the government was open to re-auctioning the coal blocks if their allocations are revoked.

The apex court had last week said that the entire allocation of coal blocks from 1993 till 2010 was illegal, arbitrary, non-transparent and without application of mind and guidelines.

The mineral-rich states of Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are learnt to have written to the Centre, requesting it not to propose re-allocation of blocks in its suggestion to the court.

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