A green bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik also directed the Centre to provide a copy of the reports to Central Empowered Committee.

The bench passed the order after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioners, alleged that contents of the reports published in newspapers are shocking and the Apex Court should analyze them.

The bench posted the case for hearing on January 27 on which it would also hear the plea of the petitioner seeking its direction to the Centre to extend the time period of Shah Commission of Inquiry by one year to enable the Commission to complete its inquiry and submit reports on mining related issues in accordance with its terms of reference.

"The decision not to grant extension to Shah Commission as was sought by the Commission itself is clearly mala fide since it had become clear that the work of the Commission was affecting the interest of the big corporate and mining barons as well as of the top politicians and ministers in the country,” the application, filed by an NGO Goa Foundation, said.

“Hence, decision to close Commission prior to completion of investigation of gross illegal mining activities in these states is mala fide since it is feared that the Commission's work, which is still to be completed in certain respects, will expose the collusion of government officials in the loot of public resources and the inability of the Ministry of Mines to control the situation," the application added.


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