JSPL denies govt allegation of false statement in HC

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New Delhi: Jindal Steel and Power Ltd today denied that it has made any false statement before the Delhi High Court over changing the end-use of two coal blocks in Odisha and Chhattisgarh which had been alloted to it.

“JSPL denied that any false statement has been made by it before the court. It was clarified by the JSPL counsel that the company never said that additional levy has been paid on non-operational blocks,” said a JSPL spokesperson.

“Neither the company claimed that any equity has been created in its favour by payment of additional levy,” he added.

On January 16, the government alleged before the High Court that JSPL and its promoter have made “lot of statements which were false” while challenging its decision to change the end-use of two coal blocks.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, representing the government, had also termed as “false” JSPL’s claim that it had paid an additional levy of Rs 295 per metric tonne of coal mined, from two blocks – Utkal B and Gare Palma IV/6 – since the day these were allocated to them, for being eligible for the fresh auction of coal blocks.

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