HC directs Kandla Port Trust to take action in land deal issue
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 21:49
New Delhi: The Delhi High court Wednesday directed Kandla Port Trust to take appropriate action against its official who allegedly leased its land to influential people at a throw-away price without doing proper valuation.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah also directed the KPT management to take back the land, the lease of which has expired.

The court said if any one of holders are having possession of the land despite expiry of their lease agreement then they should be immediately removed from there.

During the proceedings, the court also slammed Central Vigilance Commission for its slow probe in the entire matter.

"You (CVC) are not working... CVC cannot do anything. Your report in it is worthless. You are supposed to be more vigilant," the court said, adding they would pass an order in it by next week.

The court also pulled up the CVC for taking eight months to decide on the report filed by the vigilance officer of the KPT regarding the alleged land deal.

Moreover, the court also directed CBI, which is probing some of the land deals, to investigate independently in this issue.

The court's direction came over a petition filed by an NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, alleging that over 16,000 acre belonging to the port was leased by KPT officials to some people at throw-away prices without doing proper valuation.


First Published: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 21:49

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