The panel consisting of Calcutta Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj on January 31 recognized the International Law Act submitted by the Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) and 30 fruit growers in Varaka district. The petition was against the construction of high-tension power lines over farmland in the district by the power plant owned by the Adani Group as part of a project extending from Godda district in Jharkhand to Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, the petitioner appealed for an expedited hearing in view of the interest of the fruit growers. However, on Tuesday, the bench rejected the petition, and Justice Srivastava noted that since the objections to this count had been lodged late after work on the project had begun, there was no need to hear the fast-track basis. Justice Srivastava remarked, “A delay of just seven days will not make any difference.”
The Divisional Council also ordered that all concerned parties related to the project should be included as parties to the Political Isolation Law. The next hearing will be on February 20.
The petitioners in the Political Isolation Act stated that since the majority of people in the area through which the high-tension power lines will pass depend on growing mangoes and litchis, the overhead lines will affect their livelihoods.
They claimed that these high-tension power lines pass over the mango and lychee gardens, and therefore their location should be replaced with alternative areas.
They also claimed that they had also previously protested against this development but were beaten up by the police.
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