W.P. (C) 487/2021
Petition to completely ban export of iron ore (in the form of pellets or otherwise)
Common Cause filed a writ petition to completely ban export of iron ore (whether in the form of pellets or otherwise) or in the alternative to levy an export duty of 30% on export of iron ore in all forms including pellets (except pellets manufactured and exported by KIOCL). The petition also prays to initiate proceedings under Section 11 of the Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992 and Section 135(1) of the Customs Act, 1962, and for levy of appropriate penalty as per law against the mining companies which have been exporting iron ore pellets in contravention of the provisions of India’s export policy, thereby, evading the export duty chargeable on the export of iron ore pellets. The petition also directs a thorough and independent investigation into the role of public officials in allowing the same.