Chhattisgarh HC issues notices to state, central govt and others in a petition challenging the Parsa coal block land acquisition

Chhattisgarh HC issues notices to state, central govt and others in a petition challenging the Parsa coal block land acquisition

Raipur: Chhattisgarh High Court has issued notices to central and state government and companies owned by Rajasthan Electricity Board and Adani in a petition challenging the Parsa coal block land acquisition. 

The division bench comprising of Cheif Justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice PP Sahu has issued notices to the central and state government and companies owned by Rajasthan Electricity Board and Adani. 

The petition filed by affected tribals including Mangal Sai, Thakur Ram, Motiram and Anand Ram stated that the Coal Bearing Areas (Acquisition and Development) Act, 1957 cannot be used in the interest of a state-owned company and especially a private company. 60 years from 1957 to 2017 land has not been acquired in the interest of any state government and here a private company us using this act. It is important to note that this Act has been used only for Central Government companies like Coal India, the petition said.

In this petition filed by advocates Sudeep Shrivastava and Sandeep Dubey, it has been said that the procedure laid down in this Act for the acquisition of coal-bearing areas land, has also been violated. Objections under Section 8 of the Act have not been properly resolved. The above area is densely forested and elephant-affected area, in which allowing mining will further increase human-elephant conflict, the petition said. 

The petition also describes in detail about the objections made by the affected people of the area, which has a majority of tribals, against the acquisition of this land. In this case, a complaint has also been made to the Chhattisgarh government and the governor regarding preparation of a fake Gram Sabha document for the acquisition of land.

In the hearing of matter on Friday, deputy AG Sudeep Aggarwal and advocate appearing on behalf of government Vikram Sharma accepted the notice on behalf of the state government, while ASG Ramakant Mishra took the notice on behalf of the central government. Separate notice has been issued to Rajasthan Electricity Board and Adani companies. The next hearing of the case will be held after six weeks.