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The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the government, asking it to explain whether it had followed its own policies and guidelines in the allocation of 194 coal blocks.

While issuing the notice, the apex court bench headed by Justice RM Lodha also asked the government to explain why it did not follow the bidding process laid down in a 2004 policy.

The notice has to be answered by the coal secretary in eight weeks.

The bench observed that it would look into the issue even if parliament’s Public Accounts Committee was examining the matter.

The court order came on a public interest litigation by advocate ML Sharma who sought the scrapping of the allocation of all 194 coal blocks and a probe into irregularities in the allocation.

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