The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea of the Union government not to hear a PIL plea on alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks, and sought an explanation from it whether guidelines were flouted in allotments.
The court, which turned down the Centre’s contention that the petition based on the CAG report that is under the scrutiny of the Public Accounts Committee cannot be considered, said “the petitioner has sought to point out illegality and there is nothing wrong in it.”
A Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha and A.R. Dave, quoting the PIL plea, said the alleged “unconstitutional” and “arbitrary” allocation of coal blocks “requires explanation from you [the Centre] because it is not the distribution of state’s property in small scale but it talks about tonnes of largesse.” — PTI