The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Maharashtra government’s plea to close the case of alleged corruption involving politicians, bureaucrats and corporates in the Enron-Dabhol power project case.
The $3 billion mega power project was set up in Maharashtra by US-based Enron and its associates Dabhol Power Corporation in 1996 after signing of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) in 1993.
Dabhol Power Company (DPC), now known as Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt Ltd, a joint venture of NTPC Limited, GAIL and Government of Maharashtra was established in 2005 to take over and revive the assets of the defunct DPC.
After taking note of the facts and its various interim orders passed since 1997, a Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna refused to accept the plea of Maharashtra Government that the issue raised in the CITU’s petition has become infructuous and needs to be closed since the project which has been renamed as Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt Ltd and is operational from 2006.
“We are unable to agree with the view of the state government that the present petition has become infructuous and therefore it has to be dismissed as infructuous,” the bench said and posted the hearing for March 13.
It directed the Maharashtra government through its standing counsel Nishant Katneshwarkar to file an affidavit enumerating the proposed action likely to be taken by the competent authority.
The bench directed that the state government would state clearly as to whether it would prefer the continuance of the Godbole Committee or would like to have the judicial commission.
Source – Money Control