The Supreme Court (SC) on 25 Aug, 2014 stated that all Coal blocks allocated since 1993 are illegal. However, it has put the de-allocation of blocks on a halt, which were awarded during the UPA government.
The Supreme Court, in its verdict on 25 Aug, 2014 urged that all Coal blocks, which were allotted between 1993 and 2011, are illegal. It will take a decision on re-allocation of mines on 01 Sep, 2014 and reserve cancellation on a case-by-case basis.
The apex court also mentioned that the allocations were non-transparent, arbitrary and against the public interest.
A bench headed by Chief Justice, RM Lodha has inspected the allegations about alleged irregularities in the allocation of around 194 Coal blocks, without following proper guidelines and reported that the allocation by the screening committee was not fair and transparent.
The Coal blocks were allotted in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha to private companies & parties between 2004 and 2011.
Contrastingly, the court has allocated Coal block to ultra mega power projects. However, bars them from using Coal for any purpose, in order to examine commercial exploitation other than captive consumption.
The court also mentioned that all allocation made in 36 meeting of screening committee since 1993 are arbitrary and illegal.