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SC cancels NDA's petrol pump allotments

SC confirms its interim order cancelling several allotments to the relatives of those connected with the NDA alliance.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2007 17:05 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday confirmed its interim order cancelling several allotments of petrol pumps, LPG and kerosene outlets during the previous NDA regime to the relatives of those connected with the alliance.

The court rejected the contention that the court-appointed committee, comprising its former judge SC Agarwal and former Delhi High Court Justice PK Bahri, did not had the jurisdiction to go into the issue of allotment.

However, those allotments which were protected by the interim order will continue till further orders of the court.

The Bench referred the matter to the registry for placing it before the next Chief Justice to assign the matter to another bench as Sabharwal was retiring on January 14.

The court's interim order was on the basis of a report by the two-member committee appointed to look into the procedure adopted by the Dealer Selection Boards for approving the allotments after a reported expose in 2002.

The committee had said that most of the allotments were illegal and were given on extraneous considerations and had recommended cancellation of such allotments.

Many of them were cancelled by the apex court on the basis of the report. Over 400 cases of tainted allotment were referred to the Committee.

The apex court had allowed the continuance of around 100 oil dealerships with original awardees as they were found to be in accordance with the prescribed norms.

Earlier, in December 2002, the apex court had quashed the Central Government's notification cancelling all the 3,760 allotments.

First Published: Jan 12, 2007 12:38 IST