The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to respond to a plea seeking quashing of allotment, extension or continuation of leases to firms for mining iron ore from over 358 mines across the country without any fresh evaluation.
A bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer issued notice to the Centre on the petition, which has also sought a direction to the CBI to register an FIR to probe the matter. The court also asked senior advocate P S Narasimha to assist it in the case.
The plea, filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, has alleged that leases have been either granted or extended to the firms for mining iron ores in over 358 mines without either any fresh evaluation or auction. (AIR NEWS)