HC allows ISRO's impleading petition

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Kochi, Sep 26 (UNI) The Kerala High Court today allowed an impleading petition filed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Yesterday, the ISRO filed the petition in the court saying its land purchase deal with an estate owner at Ponmudi for setting up an Space Research Institute was ''transparent'' and ''legal.'' A Bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice K T Sankaran gave two weeks time to the state to file its counter.

The court also posted to next week a case filed by Mr Xavi Meno Mathew, Managing Director of Southern Field Ventures Ltd, who owned the Merchinston Estate.

The land in dispute formed part of the estate and was sold to the the ISRO for setting up the institute.

He had challenged the order of the district officer to vacate the estate.

Meanwhile, Former EFL Custodian and Chief Conservator of Forests (Vigilance) V Gopinath filed an application before the Ernakulam Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal challenging his suspension for his role in the ISRO land deal.

The Division Bench of the Tribunal admitted the application and posted the case to October 22.


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