Moved by the devastation caused by flash floods in Uttarakhand, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday took it upon itself to inquire into the state of affairs, especially massive constructio

The CBI, in its probe report before the Supreme Court, has indicted the Centre over "massive irregularities and illegalities" in coal block allocation and alleged lack of cooperation by the Coal Ministry.

In its latest status report on the probe, the CBI informed a Bench led by Justice R M Lodha that there were various "serious" breaches in the manner the screening committee examined the applications for allocation of coal blocks and decided such allotments.

The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to extend its previous order on opening 18 mining leases in Karnataka to also allow extraction of iron ore in all category 'A' and category 'B' mines.

"The CEC is of the view that by and large substantial progress has been made on reclamation and rehabilitation works in 'A' and 'B' category of mines… perhaps the time has come to extend the order on all mines in both categories," senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing as amicus curiae, told a Forest Bench led by Justice Aftab Alam.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday issued an order restraining all individuals, companies as well as public authorities from throwing any debris or solid waste on the Yamuna river bank o

The Supreme Court Thursday questioned the Centre's "authority" and the "very foundation" of its policy to allocate coal blocks, pointing out that its power to allot the mineral prima facie lacked legal sanction and was also "doubtful" in view of the current legal regime.

Putting the Centre in a tight spot for the second time in a week, a bench led by Justice R M Lodha underlined that the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act did not give any authorisation to the government to decide who should be allocated coal blocks in the states.