Supreme Court Dismisses Goa Government’s Plea for Mining Leases
India’s Supreme Court, observing that there were no legitimate grounds for review, has dismissed review petitions filed by Goa government and Vedanta Limited against a 2018 decision of the apex court striking down the state government’s move to renew 88 mining leases. The apex court observed that Goa government had filed four review petitions after a delay of 650 days and Vedanta Limited had filed its petitions after a delay of 907 days. Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah wrote in their July 9 order “In accordance with Rule 2 of Order XLVII of the Supreme Court Rules, 2013, an application for review of a judgment has to be filed within thirty days of the date of the judgment or order that is sought to be reviewed. No cogent grounds have been furnished for the delay between 20 and 26 months by the two parties in filing their applications for review.”
Judges also noted that Goa government and Vedanta Limited had filed their petitions after Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta, who passed the February 2018 order in a petition by the Goa Foundation, had retired.
Goa government and Vedanta Limited had filed the review petitions against the Supreme Court’s February 7, 2018 decision ordering complete closure of mining activity after it revoked 88 mining leases issued in 2015, and called for a fresh auction following scrutiny of environmental clearances and protocols, according to the amended Mines and Minerals Regulation and Development Act in 2016.