A petition against the extension was filed in the Supreme Court in 2019, and investigations are ongoing currently, with a pending final judgment.
Advocate Manohar Lal Sharma filed a petition in April 2019 to cancel the allotment of an extension of leases for firms that operate 358 iron ore mines in the country, free of cost without any fresh evaluation. The petition stated that the extension of the leases had caused financial loss to the public exchequer. More than 288 mining leases were extended in exchange for large political donations, causing a loss of Rs 4 lakh crore to the public treasury. A bench led by Justice S.A. Bobde has sought a response from the central Government to the petition. It appointed senior advocate P.S.Narasimha to assist the court in the case.
However, investigations are underway in different states, like Orissa, Karnataka, and Goa, concerning the lease extensions. There is currently no evidence publicly available to establish the connection between the losses and the lease extensions. The latest hearing regarding the case was on 24 February 2020.