Chhattisgarh High Court has ordered to put on hold fresh auction of the iron mine in Kamalpur village in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh High Court division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice Rajani Dubey directed that no third-party rights could be created on the mine in question and placed its auction on hold. The bench said “On the said date, this Court shall hear petitioner’s prayer for the interim relief. However, in the meanwhile, it is observed that the proceeding for leasing out the subject mining area under the subject Notice Inviting Tender shall remain subject to the final outcome of the writ petition.” Jindal Steel and Power Limited had sought the judicial intervention in the matter as it had acquired the mining lease and made investments to execute the prospecting licence. But the Chhattisgarh government announced the mine’s auction all over again by invoking the 2021 amendment to Mines and Minerals Amendment Act, 2015. This effectively meant that JSPL is expected to go through the bidding route if it intended to acquire the rights of the iron ore mine in Dantewada.In a writ petition filed by Neco Jaiswal, the same Bench of the high court ordered on 16 September, “The proceedings for leasing out the subject mining area shall remain subject to the final outcome of the writ petition.”Both petitions would come up for hearing next on 6 October.