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SC notice to Centre, states on SEZ petition

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Centre, states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana Industrial Development Corporation, M/s Reliance Ventures Ltd headed by Mukesh Ambani and member Secretary, National Capital Region Planning Board, on a petition filed by Congress MP Kuldip Bishnoi challenging the acquisition of farmers' land without their consent for giving the same to big corporate houses for setting up Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

A bench comprising Justices K G Balakrishnan and D K Jain issued notices to examine the conflict among the three laws governing the setting up for SEZs on a PIL filed by Kuldeep Bishnoi, son of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal.

The Acts under challenge are Centre's Special Economic Zones Act 2005, National Capital Region Planning Board Act 1985 and Haryana's SEZ,2005.

The petitioner has alleged that land acquired by the Haryana government from farmers has been given to private parties for a song. The petitioner has particularly prayed for nullifying the colourable exercise of power which is both malafide in law and malafide in fact in respect of Reliance which has been given about 1700 acres of land for Garhi Harsaru SEZ site in Haryana.

According to the petitioner as per the report prepared by the Union Finance Ministry exemptions given to SEZs will cause a colossal loss of about Rs.1,75,487 crores to the state exchequer.

The petitioner has prayed to the court to quash the two acts one enacted by the Central government and the other enacted by Haryana government as unconstitutional and also to cancel the deal between Reliance and HSIDC for allottment of 1700 acres of land.

UNI AKS/SC RP VV1838

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