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May monitor setting up of private university in Odisha: SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today said it may monitor setting up an international university by UK-based Vedanta group in the holy city of Puri in to ensure the huge piece of land is not used for "commercial purposes".

"The land should not be used for commercial purpose other than education. The can monitor setting up of the university," a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice said.

The bench said it would accord final hearing in the second week of February, next year on a batch of appeals and cross-appeals in the case pertaining to of over 6,000 hectares of land in the state by the Anil Agarwal Foundation, run by the promoter of the UK-based Vedanta group.

The state and the Foundation, which promotes the project, had appealed against the decision of the High which cited various reasons while holding that the land procedures for the proposed university project were "illegal".

The high had also directed Vedanta to return the land to its various owners.

The apex court, in 2011, had asked the state to maintain status quo on the of land for setting up of the university.

The counsel for activists, opposing the acquisition, had contended that the Land Company Rules, 1963, were not properly followed by the state

The proposed multi-disciplinary university was supposed to spread over 6,000 acres on Puri-Konark marine drive overlooking the Bay of Bengal and was supposed to admit one lakh students in 95 disciplines.

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First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 20:22 IST