'Mines' under Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act vest in Central Government; ownership immaterial: Supreme Court

'Mines' under Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act vest in Central Government; ownership immaterial: Supreme Court

The Court also said that under Section 2(h) of the Act, 'mine' shall also include lands and buildings used solely for the location of management sale or liaison offices or for the residence of officers and staff.

The Supreme Court recently held that any land falling within the definition of expression 'mine' under Section 2(h) of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act of 1973 shall vest absolutely in the Central government irrespective of the ownership of the land [M/S Bharat Coking Coal Limited v. Mahendra Pal Bhatia and Others].

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