SUPREME COURT ADJOURNS AMBANI DADRI LAND CASE TILL MARCH 15

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The Supreme Court adjourned till March 15 the hearing of a petition, filled by Anil Ambani-owned RNRL challenging an Allahabad High Court judgement quashing the land acquisition proceedings for the Dadri Power Project and directing the Uttar Pradesh government to return the land to the farmers.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices V S Sirpurkar and Deepak Verma granted time to the RNRL to respond to the contention of Manohar Lal Sharma, counsel for some of the farmers, who contended that the company has no locus standi to file this petition as this is a matter between the Uttar Pradesh government and the farmers.

The farmers land was forcibly acquired by the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government for 800 MW power project to be set up by the Anil Ambani group.

According to RNRL, the so-called farmers are being financed by their business rival (Mukesh Ambani group company RIL). Some of them have taken their counsel in a private plane to argue their case in the High Court, not once but a number of times.

The two Ambani brothers are locked in a fierce legal battle before the apex court over the fixation of prices of natural gas to be supplied by Mukesh Ambani’s RIL from its Krishna-Godavari gas basin to Dadri Power Project of Anil Ambani.

The apex court has already reserved its judgement in the case after hearing marathon argument spread over three months. Mr Anil Ambani wants natural gas at the rate of 2.34 dollar per unit while Mukesh Ambani is demanding 4.2 dollar per unit.

The RNRL has also questioned the timing of the High Court judgement, which came in December 2009 after the verdict was reserved by the higher judiciary in the gas dispute case.

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