SC dismisses NGO’s plea for cancelling lease of Kandla Port land for firm
The SC said no prejudice was caused to the petitioner NGO -- Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), and asked it to move the Gujarat High Court
NEW DELHI, Jan 13 (PTI)
THE Supreme Court has refused to interfere with a Delhi High Court order holding as not maintainable a PIL seeking cancellation of a lease awarding 50 acres of land at the Kandla Port in Gujarat to a private firm, due to lack of territorial jurisdiction.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said no prejudice was caused to the petitioner NGO -- Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) -- by asking it to move the Gujarat High Court.
“We are not inclined to interfere with the order impugned in the special leave petition as, in our considered view, no prejudice has been caused by requiring the petitioner to move the appropriate jurisdiction i.e the High Court of Gujarat, raising its grievance under the same subject matter before the said High Court. The special leave petition is, accordingly, dismissed,” the bench, also comprising Justice S K Kaul, said.
The High Court, on October 1 last year, had said no part of the cause of action had arisen within its territorial jurisdiction and granted liberty to the petitioner NGO to approach the appropriate forum in accordance with law.
The bench had passed the order on the maintainability of a plea by the NGO, alleging that the Kandla Port Trust (KPT), now known as the Deendayal Port Trust, had overvalued the structures set up at the site by a firm -- Friends Salt Works and Allied Industries (FSWAI) -- when it had leased the land in the past, to ensure that only the said firm got the contract.
The bench had noted that the tender was issued from Gandhidham and the land was situated at Kutch in Gujarat.