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The Supreme Court Thursday said that it cannot restrict the companies whose mining licences have been cancelled by it from extracting coal as they have been asked to continue with their operations for six months till alternate arrangements are made.

The apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice A.K. Sikri, while not accepting the plea of advocate M.L. Sharma, said that the court by its order cancelling the mining leases has not put any cap on the extraction of coal by these mining lease holders as they have been asked to continue with their operations for the next six months.

Mentioning his application, Sharma told the court that these mining companies, knowing that they would lose their mines after six months, were extracting coal which was far more than their requirement and were putting it out for commercial gains.


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