The Centre asked the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings against nine companies for willful disobedience of the apex court’s directions to pay compensation in lieu of the coal extracted from the cancelled blocks.
“The respondent cannot shirk from this liability by taking frivolous pleas that there is no direction/decree for them to pay,” the coal ministry said in its fresh affidavit, adding that the judgment passed by the court is “the law of the land and the directions issued are paramount, to be implemented without any default… the (directions) are required to be complied with and any disobedience thereto tantamount to undermining the dignity of the apex court.”
According to the coal ministry, the object and purpose of imposition of penalty was that “since the process of allocation was fundamentally flawed, therefore all the beneficiaries of this flawed process must suffer the consequences which includes the private companies which derived illegal benefits being a part of the JV with the government companies.
Alleged contemnors include Ujjal Kumar Upadhya, managing director, Bengal Emta Coal Mines, DVC Emta Coal Mines, Karnataka Emta Coal Mines and Panem Coal Mines, Anup Agarwalla, director, BLA Industries, K Kholie, director, Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development & Trading Corporation, and Romit Mutsuddi, managing director, West Bengal Mineral Development & Trading Corporation. Source–