SC to Decide on Shah Panel Report
The Supreme Court on Monday told the Centre that it will decide whether or not the reports of the Justice M B Shah Commission on the illegal mining activities in Jharkhand and Odisha can be placed before the court without first tabling it in Parliament.
A three-member Forest Bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik said it will examine whether placing the report before it first-up would amount to breach of privilege and posted the matter for February 10.
Senior counsel Harish Salve, who is amicus curiae on the matter, suggested that the petitioners’ plea for perusing the Committee report can be considered by it for making the report public.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioners, alleged that the reports appearing in the newspapers were shocking and the court should analyse them.
The Centre had also informed the court that the tenure of the Shah Commission, which is looking into the issue of illegal mining in the country, cannot be extended as it is unwarranted. The Central Governmenet also refused for the time-being to place before the apex court the Commission’s reports, saying that they had to be first looked into by Parliament.