Panaji: The Goa government Tuesday filed an application before the High Court of Bombay at Goa seeking more time to recover money from the companies involved in illegal mining.
The High Court, in its September 3, 2018 order, had directed the Goa government to recover the loss due to illegal mining from 2007 to 2012, within eight weeks, which ended on November 3. However, the Goa government through this application has sought time of another eight weeks to implement the order.
The government has stated that it is taking all the necessary steps to consider the representation and take necessary decision. It has also stated that no prejudice of whatsoever nature would be occasioned to the petitioners if the present application of extension of time is allowed.
The government has also stated that there has been a delay of 31 days in filing of the present application for extension of time before the court and the same is on accord of the file being moved for government approval, time taken for drafting of the said application and due to the Diwali vacation during which time the said application could not be filed before the court.
A petition was filed by an NGO for direction to government from the High Court to recover illegal mining money from a mining company. The matter came up for hearing before the court on September 3, 2018, wherein the court vide its order dated September 3, 2018, while disposing of the said petition had directed the government to consider the petition as a representation and take an appropriate decision thereon within a period of eight weeks from the date of the said order.
The government has prayed for grant of extension of eight weeks’ time to comply with the order dated September 3, 2018. The government has also prayed to pass any other order or such further orders as may be deemed fit in the facts of the present case and condone the delay of 31 days in filing of the present application. [NT]