Monday, November 13, 2006

Jamnagar - Reliance SEZ cleared by Supreme Court

Special leave petition of Shah Kantilal Depar and others challenging the land acquisition procedure by the district collector for Reliance Industries' Jamnagar SEZ is dismissed  by the Supreme Court.  With this order, the apex court disposed off the petition filed by farmers challenging the High Court order. The High Court had dismissed their plea against the decision allotting the land to the company in five villages of Jamnagar district.

The farmers had alleged that of the 10,000 acres of land acquired by the state government for Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure's proposed SEZ, 9,000 acres was farm land.  The Supreme court bench headed by K G Balakrishnan dismissed the SPL subject to the rights of compensation payable to the farmers under provisions like Section 23, 24 of the Land Acquisition Act, The land is to be utilised by the company for developing an SEZ, which would also house its parent firm Reliance Industries' proposed 27 million tonne mega refinery.


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