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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court is most likely to follow its own ruling in Goa illegal mining case and ask the Odisha government to stop operations at the mining leases which are running for more than 20 years with deemed extension.

A bench, comprising justices A K Patnaik, FMI Kalifullah and S S Nijjar hinted as much before they reserved their orders on Monday on the issue.

The apex court concluded the hearing of a PIL filed by an NGO pointing out major illegalities in mining in the state.

“The SC has reserved its ruling in the case probably to see this case in the context of Goa ruling. But we prayed that mining should be allowed without interruption because everybody (mining lease holder) has applied for renewal in time. So therefore there should be no hiatus in mining. I think the court may accept that,” senior Supreme Court lawyer Pinaki Mishra said.

Earlier a week ago the apex court, adjudicating the Goa illegal mining case had ruled that deemed extension for mines should not be valid for more than 20 years. If the SC verdict goes the Goa way, operations at about 24 such units running for more than 20 years in Odisha under deemed renewal are likely to affect.

In Odisha, Tata Steel, Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Rungta Sons and KJS Ahluwalia were among the 24 miners operating their leases under ‘deemed extension’ for above 20 years.

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