Coalgate: India urges supreme court not to close coal mines

Narendra Modis government pleads to exempt 46 illegal licences arguing total shutdown will cripple the power sector

The Indian government has urged the countrys supreme court to allow 46 illegally granted coal licenses to continue to operate.

The court is considering what action to take in the Coalgate corruption scandal. Last week, it found that every coal mining license the government allocated between 1993 and 2009, 218 in all, had been granted in an illegal and arbitrary manner and the government committee that oversaw the process was a regulatory vacuum in which cronyism thrived.

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