Is royalty paid by mining operators a tax? Constitution Bench of Supreme Court reserves verdict

The matter is the oldest pending 9-judge bench case before the apex court.
9-judge Constitution Bench
9-judge Constitution Bench

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict in the case dealing with the question of whether royalty paid by mining operators to the Central government constitutes a tax [Mineral Area Development Authority etc vs Steel Authority of India and ors].

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