Hearing on Jharkhand's petition in coal block auction next week in Supreme Court

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="750"]Coal mine Jharkhand Representation image | Dominik Vanayi/unplash[/caption]

Jharkhand | The Supreme Court will hear the petition of the Jharkhand government on coal block auction matter next week. In its petition, the Government of Jharkhand has challenged the decision of the Central Government, which deals with virtual auction process for commercial mining of 41 coal mines (blocks) of Jharkhand.

A division bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice RS Reddy and Justice AS Bopanna said on Monday that the fresh plea of Jharkhand would be heard along with the original petition, in which the Jharkhand government said the auction of coal mines of the state for commercial mining.

The decision has been taken by the Central Government without consulting Jharkhand government. The original petition has been filed under Article 131 of the Constitution, which provides that states can go directly to the Supreme Court in the event of a dispute with the Center.

When the matter came up for hearing before the Supreme Court bench on Monday, the Jharkhand government's counsel filed the second petition and requested both to be heard together. In its petition, the Jharkhand government has said that it is utterly unfair that the central government is processing the auction amid the epidemic of Covid-19. While the government machinery is engaged in saving the lives of the people.