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Apex court sets aside High Court order on Paradip Port

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 21:34

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside
the Orissa High Court`s interim order that restrained the
Paradip Port Trust (PPT) from re-inviting financial bids from
the short-listed bidders for developing a coal berth.
The project, which envisages handling coal of about 10
million tonnes, is a piece of major infrastructure work to
enable the port to enhance its coal-handling capacity.

A Bench headed by Justice V S Sirpurkar, while disposing
of the PPT`s plea, also vacated its stay order granted by
another Bench in June.

"We are not happy with the interim order by the High
Court. The High Court should not have proceeded with the
blanket order and should decide the matter within three
weeks... We request the High Court to keep the schedule as
directed by us in the strict sense," the Bench stated.

The High Court`s interim order had restrained PPT from
re-inviting financial bids from the short-listed bidders for
whom security clearance was granted. The short-listed bidders
excluded Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL), which was found
ineligible in 2007.

Another Bench had earlier issued notice to the Ministry
of Shipping, Road, Transport and Highways and JSPL and had
allowed PPT to re-invite financial bids from the bidders.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 21:34

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