Odisha files SLP in SC against HC order on Sarada Mines

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has moved the Supreme Court (SC) against an order pronounced by the Orissa High Court (HC) allowing lifting of piled up iron ore stock by Jindal Steel & Power (JSPL) from Sarada Mines.

Informing this to media, Steel and mines minister Prafulla Mallick said, “We have filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the HC order on Sarada Mines.”

In July, the HC had directed the Odisha government to allow JSPL to lift iron ore within four weeks.

The HC had asked the Odisha government to allow JSPL to transport its legally purchased iron ore fines and lumps lying within the leasehold area of Sarada Mines to the company’s palletisation plant at Barbil and railway siding.

Sources said JSPL had bought this material between 2004 and 2014 and had paid Rs 1,869 crore to the State government towards royalty and taxes for the same.

In its April 8 order, the court had also quashed the letter of the deputy director of mines, Joda issued on March 31, 2014, directing stoppage of ore transportation.

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