RPower coal case: govt, Tata spar in SC
The Centre on Monday opposed Tata Power's plea before the Supreme Court (SC) to file additional documents in its appeal against the government decision to allow Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power to use coal captive mines other than the Sasan power project.business Updated: Sep 13, 2010 21:51 IST
The Centre on Monday opposed Tata Power's plea before the Supreme Court (SC) to file additional documents in its appeal against the government decision to allow Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power to use coal captive mines other than the Sasan power project.
Appearing before a bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi, Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati questioned the
petitioner's move to file the documents, as they were not part of the Delhi High Court proceedings.
Pointing out to a particular document Vahanvati said: "This has been downloaded from the net in June this year. The others do not contain any date and the application does not specify the nature of these
documents. I would like to file a reply to it as I have strong objections to it."
Vahanvati said the statement made by the petitioner, claiming the papers were part of the HC records, was false.
As the AG contested Tata Power's contention, its counsel senior advocate Harish Salve requested the court to allow him to withdraw the application. "If these documents were not part of the record, we would withdraw it," he assured the court.
The court, however, permitted Vahanvati to file a response to Tata Power's application.
Later, Tata Power issued a statement offering to tender an unconditional apology before the SC. It said: "Our lawyers are filing an application to tender unconditional apology to the Honourable Court."
The government has already requested the court to dismiss Tata Power's appeal on the ground that the company had waived its right by not extending the bid in the tender process issued for the Sasan power project.