Another Supreme Court bench declines to hear Vedanta University case

Yet another Supreme Court bench today refused to hear an appeal against the Orissa high court verdict, which held as ‘illegal’ the acquisition of nearly 7,500 acres for the Rs15,000-crore Vedanta University Project in the holy city of Puri.

A bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice AK Ganguly recused itself from adjudicating the issue, nearly a fortnight after another bench of Justice RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik had withdrawn from the case on January 5.

The apex court bench withdrew from the case today, saying that one of its judges, Justice Ganguly had dealt this same matter and passed some order earlier during his tenures as the chief justice of the Orissa high court. It ordered for listing of matter with another bench.

The bench of Justice Raveendran and Justice Patnaik had refused to hear the issue to avoid any conflict of interest as Justice Patnaik hails from Orissa.

The bench was to hear appeals by the state government and the Anil Agarwal foundation, the promoter of the project, against the Orissa high court’s decision which held that land acquisition procedures for the proposed Vedanta University project were illegal.

The Orissa government and the foundation, promoted by the UK-based Vedanta group, had challenged the November16 decision of the high court which had quashed the land acquisition notification citing 17 reasons. Read more…

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