HC bench recuses itself from hearing Lavasa plea
Mumbai: The division bench of the Bombay
High Court on Monday recused itself from hearing the petition
filed by Lavasa Corporation against the Environment and Forest
The bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and SJ
Kathawala was hearing the petition which challenged the show
cause notice issued by the ministry to Lavasa alleging that it
had not secured environmental clearances before starting
construction activity in the area spread over 5,000 hectares.
However, Chief Justice Shah today informed the lawyer
that he will not hear the case as one of his relatives was
working with a legal firm that is advising Lavasa Corporation
with regard to its Initial Public Offering (IPO).
The hearing will now resume only when the Chief
Justice assigns the matter to another bench.
On November 25, the ministry had issued a show-cause
notice to Lavasa, demanding an explanation as to why it did
not obtain clearances as per rules under Environment
Protection Act, amended by notifications in 1994 and 2004.
It also asked the corporation, which is developing a
hill station in Mulshi taluka of Pune district, to stop the
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