The second session of the Judgment Analysis Series was organized on the 18th of April, 2015 by the Centre for Constitutional and Administrative Law at Gujarat National Law University. The case selected for deliberation was Manohar Lal Sharma v. Principal Secretary and Ors, a landmark judgment pertaining to the wrongful allocation of coal blocks by the Government of India in a mala fide manner from 1993 to 2011.
The Speaker invited to deliberate upon the case was Mr. Bhaskar Tanna, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court and Gujarat High Court. Ms. Krithika Radhakrishnan from the third year welcomed the Speaker and everybody present at the occasion. Then, the baton was handed over to Mr. Bhaskar Tanna, who talked on the methods of allocation of coal chosen by the Central Government, and how it was flawed. He referred to a number of gross and clear violations of principles of administrative law in the said process of allocation, which was called to be arbitrary with no guidelines framed. No clear application of mind was seen in this case, whereby the Central Government failed to lay down a clear policy with regard to coal allocation. The Court also held that the Central Government did not have a clear power vested in it to allocate coal blocks. So, the judgment ended years of misconception that the Central Government had the total authority to allocate coal blocks. All these aspects were discussed in the deliberation. This was later followed by an intensive interactive session which was well utilized by the participants to clear many of their doubts regarding the case. Session ended with vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Divya Tyagi.
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Last Updated : 22-09-2015