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SC not to interfere with Gujarat HC order on SEZ

A petition was filed by a farmers' group challenging acquisition of agricultural land for RIL's Jamnagar SEZ.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 14:00 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to interfere with a Gujarat High Court verdict on a petition filed a group of farmers challenging the acquisition of agricultural land for Reliance Infrastructure Ltd's Jamnagar Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

However, a bench headed by Justice KG Balakrishnan gave liberty to the farmers to approach the apex court on the question of compensation for the land.

With this order, the apex court disposed off the petition filed by farmers challenging the High Court order. The High court had dismissed their plea against the decision allotting the land to the company in five villages of Jamnagar district.

The farmers had alleged that of the 10,000 acres of land acquired by state government for Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure Ltd's proposed SEZ, 9,000 acres was farm land.

The land is to be utilised by the company for developing a SEZ, which would also house its parent firm Reliance Industries Ltd's proposed 27 million tonne mega refinery.

First Published: Nov 13, 2006 13:16 IST