Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing on a PIL seeking stay on the ongoing
land acquisition for the Posco project near Paradip till June
three and asked the petitioners to file a fresh affidavit.
The court, which was scheduled to hear the case filed
by some residents from villages at the proposed plant site in
Jagatsinghpur district, asked the petitioners to file the
fresh affidavit on how they were affected by the land
A vacation bench comprising justices Indrajit Mahanty
and S K Mishra after listening to the contention of the
petitioners posted the case till June three.
The PIL challenging the forest clearance accorded to
the project was slated for hearing by the vacation bench
yesterday, but was adjourned till today.
Meanwhile, responding to the high court order, the
state government and Posco-India Ltd have filed counter
Urging the high court to dismiss the PIL, the state
government in its affidavit maintained that the land
acquisition was for public purpose and not for a private
company as claimed in the petition.
Nishakar Khatua and five others of Govindpur village
had filed the petitions seeking quashing of forest clearance
granted by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for
the project and to stall the land acquisition.
The petitioners pointed out that the state government
had issued notification under Section 4 of the Land
Acquisition Act for acquiring land claiming it was being done
for public purpose, while it was being done for a private
Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of
Orissa was not competent to acquire land exclusively for any
particular company, the petitioners contended challenging the
land acquisition proceedings.