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SEZ: SC asks Haryana to apprise it about land allocated to RIL

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, which on Wednesday commenced the hearing on a bunch of petitions, noted that Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation has not placed the response to the PIL seeking quashing of 1,383 acres of land allocated for SEZ in Gurgaon.

However, senior advocate Amarender Sharan, appearing for the corporation, informed the bench that Mukesh Ambani’s RIL has withdrawn from the project and the land for the proposed SEZ has been returned to the state government.

The bench, also comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and Shiva Kirti Singh, asked Haryana Government to file an affidavit about the current status of land allocated for the SEZ and posted the PILs for hearing on February 13.

Haryana Janhit Congress leader Kuldip Bishnoi and Ajay Singh Chautala of Indian National Lok Dal have raised questions about the acquisition of farmland for SEZs in the state.

According to the proposal, Haryana will have 30 per cent stake in the SEZ. The land allotment was made from about 12,000 acres acquired by the state government in Gurgaon in 2003.However, later in January 2012, RIL offered to return the land and it was de-notified in June 2013.
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