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Singapore Company petitions HC to stay TN G.O on land sale

Written by: Staff
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Chennai, Mar 2 (UNI) The Singapore Realities Pvt Ltd, a Singapore based company today filed a petition before the Madras High Court seeking to quash a Tamil Nadu government order cancelling the MoU and the subsequent communication from SIPCOT, cancelling the sale of land to it.

In its petition which is likely to come up for hearing tomorrow, the Company submitted that it started negotiations with the Tamil Nadu governemnt in February 2002. At that time, old Mahabalipuram Road was very narrow and was in bad shape. The IT Park in Siruseri suburb had very few occupants. Physical possession of the land was given to it in May 2005.

This matter took a political turn after the DMK alleged corruption in the transaction, it submitted.

The Union Environment and Forest ministry had written to the state government on December 30, 2005, alleging violation of environmental impact assessment norms. In all these communications, the state government never indicated that it intended to cancel the MoU, it submitted.

Neither was a show cause notice issued nor an opportunity afforded to it to explain the Company's stand. On February 17 this year, the state government passed the GO cancelling the MoU.

Subsequently, on February 28, the SIPCOT wrote to it cancelling the sale deed and asked it to reconvey the land, the Company submitted.

This was violative of Principles of natural justice, the Company also submitted and sought to stay the GO and the subsequent communication from SIPCOT and restrain the authorities from interferring with the peaceful possession of the land, pending disposal of its petition, the company prayed.

UNI XR VV RA DB2217

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