PANJIM: The Supreme Court will on Friday hear the Goa Mining case with regards to resumption of iron ore activities in the State, which are at halt since March 2018.
The matter was initially scheduled for hearing today; however, the Apex Court postponed all the matters listed for the day to Friday.
The The appeal filed by mining companies challenging 1987 Mining Abolition Act along with a review petition of the Goa Government, challenging Supreme Court’s order dated February 7, 2018, will come up for hearing on Friday.
Vedanta had moved the Supreme Court challenging the 1987 law that abolished mining concessions granted by the Portuguese government.
Union Mines Ministry, had in March 2019, filed interlocutory application (IA) for an early hearing in the batch of matters related to Goa, Daman and Diu (Abolition and Declaration of Mining Leases)Act 1987. Goa Mining People’s Front had also filed IA in the matter.
The State Government had in November 2019 moved Apex Court seeking that the court should revisit its order dated February 2018, wherein it had declared all 88 mining leases as null and void.