“Entire Universe” Of Mineral Development Not Under Parliament: Court

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday the Constitution does not give Parliament the “entire universe” of mineral development and states also have powers to regulate and develop mines and minerals. A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud was responding to the contention of senior advocate Harish Salve, who represented a host of mining companies, that Parliament’s power to impose tax on minerals can “wipe clean” the authority of the states.

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