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Dabhol project: SC reserves order on state's stand

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Thursday reserved its judgment on the plea seeking to fix of the government, on account of inconsistent stand taken by it from time to time, on the scrapped Power Project that was set up by the Power Corporation.

The bench of Ranjan Gogoi, Justice and Justice reserved the order after government told the court that it was collecting information on the officers who were conversant with the project and had dealt with it.

The court in the last hearing of the matter on February 14 had sought the assistance of these officers, who might have retired, but were conversant with the scrapped project that turned out to be a drain on the exchequer.

Telling the court that it was yet to receive instructions from the whether it was inclined to inquire into its alleged inconsistent stands taken from time to time, Nishant Katneshwarkar, however, said that whatever the court decided would be acceptable to them.

Earlier, senior Rajeev Dhawan, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae, referred to then Home Secretary Committee's 2001 report pointing out that the failure of the government was across the board, both in administration and policies -- both at the level of and the

appearing for petitioner of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) referred to the report to contend that there were lapses, both at the level of politicians and the officers, and it should be inquired into.

He said that it should also be inquired whether lapses were wilful and intentional, or just negligence.

The court by its May 2, 1997 order had said the CITU petition raised two questions -- validity of the project and the contract known as Power Project, and the of the Maharashtra government, particularly on account of the inconsistent stand taken by it from time to time.

In the same order, the court had said it was not in public interest to reopen the question of validity of the project and awarding of contract, as the same was considered on several occasions in earlier PILs.

However, the order had said it was in public interest to consider the second issue relating to the of the Maharashtra government, particularly on account of inconsistency in its stand.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 22:04 IST
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