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Enron-Dabhol power project: SC closes case of alleged corruption

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Thursday closed the case of alleged corruption involving politicians, bureaucrats and corporates in the Enron-power project, noting the inordinate delay in the case which was filed in 1997.

A bench comprising and Justices and allowed the plea of the government to close the case.

The USD 3 billion mega power project was set up in by US-based and its associates Power Corporation in 1996 after signing of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with State Electricity Board (MSEB) in 1993.

The apex Court had in 1997 admitted the petition of the Centre for (CITU) challenging a order upholding the PPA and issued notice to MSEB on the role of government and its officials in the signing of the agreement.

In the previous hearing on February 14, the court was informed by the about the developments that have taken place since the matter came up before the in 1996.

The had appointed a committee headed by which in its report in April 10, 2001 suggested the setting of a judicial commission after giving its finding of alleged irregularities in the deal.

The report, which was submitted to the Maharashtra government, had dealt with handling of the issues during the tenure of as the when he was in Congress Party, the 13-day BJP-led which reworked the deal in 1996, the then supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and his government in Maharashtra headed by Manohar Joshi.

According to the suggestion of the Godbole Committee, a one-man enquiry commission headed by Justice S P Kurdukar, former apex court judge, was appointed.

However, proceedings before the Justice Commission, was stayed in April 2003 as the Centre had filed a lawsuit against the which was later dismissed paving the way for the commission to go ahead with the proceedings, which never happened.

The last information made available to the apex court was on March 7, 2018 by the Centre that the was no longer interested in the Commission (headed by Justice Khurdukar) to continue.

In July 2005, and Power Pvt Ltd, a joint venture of NTPC, and was set up to take over and revive the assets of the defunct DPC.

In an earlier order, the apex court had said it was hearing the matter as a public interest litigation and as the principal issue arising for decision was to determine the question of accountability of the Maharashtra government and its officials.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 15:15 IST