The Supreme Court also questioned as why the names of politicians and their relatives have cropped up among the alleged illegal allotees of coal blocks in which the policy of "competitive bidding" formulated by the government in 2004 was not followed
The apex court said Allahabad High Court erred in passing such order as ban on media was not sought and the prayer was only to hold an inquiry into the controversial incident
This will be the seventh straight year when the withdrawal of monsoon, which normally begins in the first week of September, has been delayed to third week of the month
After steering the country away from a drought, the late rally of south-west monsoon is likely to continue for at least another week thus delaying its withdrawal, reports PTI.
"Southwest monsoon will continue to bring rains for a little more time, for a maximum of one week. Withdrawal of monsoon is delayed," Swati Basu, officiating
She said monsoon was still active in the northwest region which spans across Jammu & Kashmir,
However, she said this would be the last phase of seasonal rains as monsoon would begin withdrawing from
This will be the seventh straight year when the withdrawal of monsoon, which normally begins in the first week of September, has been delayed to third week of the month.
Even in 2005, when the withdrawal had started on 2nd September, the progress had stalled after the initial phase with the next push taking place towards month end.
Usually monsoon withdraws from the entire country by September end, but in the past eight years this has been delayed till as long as 11th October.
Copious rains in August and the first half of September has helped dispel fears of a widespread drought, which seemed imminent after deficient rains in June and July.
The remarkable August rally saw 22 of the 36 meteorological sub-divisions get excess or normal monsoon.
However, monsoon was still 8% short of the average rains for the country which are pegged at 89 cm.
The country as a whole has received 739.5 mm rainfall between 1st June and 13th September as against the normal of 801.3 mm for the period.
The month of August saw the country receive 264.7 mm rainfall as against the normal of 261 mm, showing an excess of about 1%.
In June, the country received 31% deficient rains than normal while July saw a monsoon deficiency of 13% which had prompted the government to roll out a slew of measures to tackle the then impending drought-like situation.
Till yesterday as much as 64% of the country has received normal or excess rain this season, while the rest have had deficient rainfall, IMD data showed.
Saurashtra and Kutch, Punjab, Gujarat region, Haryana, West Uttar Pradesh, Marathwada and
Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura have also received 33% deficient rainfall since the delayed onset of monsoon this season.