Interlocutory application will have no impact: Nadkarni
The Additional Solicitor General of India Atmaram Nadkarni on Wednesday said that the interlocutory application (IA) filed by the Union Ministry of Mines will have no impact, positive or negative, on the Goa mining issue presently before the state government.
The government of India has recently filed an interlocutory application (IA) before the Supreme Court, seeking early hearing of a batch of matters pertaining to a challenge to the Goa, Daman and Diu (abolition and declaration of mining lease) Act, 1987. The said batch of civil appeals was filed in 1998 and has been pending.
The IA filed by the Union of India was mentioned for listing by the Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta before the Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
There were also several senior counsels, who attempted to mention certain other interlocutory applications for directions in same mining matters, which have been filed by the petitioners.
However, during the said mentioning by several senior counsels including the Solicitor General of India, the Chief Justice of India immediately motioned that the matter has been referred to larger Bench, further adding that it is pending on his desk, and while several counsel desired to answer, the Chief Justice of India said that since the matter pertains to Goa mining, he would only hear the Additional Solicitor General of India, Atmaram Nadkarni, on the issue.
Nadkarni, who was also present in the court of Chief Justice of India, stated that the matter has not been referred to larger Bench however there is an order, which says to await judgement in a case referred by nine judges.
Upon Nadkarni’s intervention and his mentioning the gist of the matter, the Chief Justice of India directed the court master to note down the IA numbers, for further consideration on its listing. “The matters are likely to be listed shortly,” Nadkarni told this daily, pointing out that the court will soon fix the date for the same.
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