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Supreme Court dismisses Mumbai SEZ plea

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the Mukesh Ambani-promoted Mumbai SEZ plea for staying the land acquisition process for its project in Raigad in Maharashtra.

business Updated: Jun 05, 2009 13:44 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the Mukesh Ambani-promoted Mumbai SEZ plea for staying the land acquisition process for its project in Raigad in Maharashtra.

A Bench headed by Justice B Sudarshan Reddy dismissed the plea of the firm challenging the Bombay High Court interim order that refused to stay the process of land acquisition.

However, the Supreme Court issued notice to the Maharashtra Government on another plea of Mumbai SEZ Ltd (MSEZ) seeking transfer of its petition pending before the Bombay High Court.

Earlier senior counsel Shanti Bhushan, appearing for the MSEZ, sought the stay on the land acquisition proceedings initiated by notifications under Sections 4 and 6 on the grounds that if the acquisition is not completed by June 8, the entire process would lapse under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.

A stay would have made the deadline redundant.

The Bombay High Court on May 22 had asked the MSEZ to move the Supreme Court for expediting land acquisition as various public interest petitions pertaining to the issue were pending before the apex court.