Judicial scrutiny not excluded even if mining lease granted as per law; Govt can't arbitrarily give away hill for exploitation: Madras High Court

"A judge must exhibit awareness of what is going on. His inner antenna should catch signals. To create such an ambiance, before dictating this judgment, I listened to TM Krishna's 'poramboke padal'," the Judge said.
Judicial scrutiny not excluded even if mining lease granted as per law; Govt can't arbitrarily give away hill for exploitation: Madras High Court
Justice GR Swaminathan (L), Madurai Bench of Madras High Court (R)

Natural resources such as hills and hillocks cannot be arbitrarily given away for mining unless there are public interest considerations involved, ruled the Madras High Court recently (K Santhanam and anr v. The District Collector, Virudhunagar and ors).

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