Samata verdict is weapon of the weak

When the Supreme Court of India delivered the Samata judgment in 1997 protecting the land of tribal people under the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution, it was met with dismay and anger from industrial interests. At the time, I did not realize how strong these interests would react to this decision. But in the 13 years since the Samata judgment, I have seen how the state and industry have conspired to see that it is not implemented. A careful look will show it is not an anti-mining judgment but talked of primary stakes for tribal people and responsibility of the state and industry. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Supreme Court ruling on Orissa mining case could set precedent

New Delhi: Weeks after it halted Vedanta Alumina Ltd’s mining project in Orissa, the Supreme Court will soon weigh in on the issue in what many see as a possible precedent-setting decision.

Acting on the court’s own directions, Vedanta’s associate company, Sterlite Industries India Ltd, has filed a fresh application. Meanwhile, a review petition has also been filed by Oriya tribal activist Siddarth Nayak, a party to the previous proceedings, seeking a review of the court’s order. Read more

Courtesy: live mint

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