Mumbai: At a time when Maharashtra is facing severe problem of inadequate port facilities, a PIL has been filed in the Bombay high court to stall the development of strategically located Rs1,200 crore Dighi Port.
The PIL, which has been filed by the Dighi Koli Samaj Mumbai Rahivasi Sangh against the development of private port and the port chairman and managing director Vijay Kalanri, said it is a sham and borne out of satisfying private interests as it had acquired all necessary environmental and other clearances for the development of the port located 160km from Mumbai.
SC seeks govt reply on security threat to BPCL
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has sought replies from the Centre and the Maharashtra government on a plea by the Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) alleging a “security threat” to its refinery, Tata Electricity Company’s plant and the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC).
A bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan asked the Centre and the Maharashtra government as to why the latter should be allowed to construct high-rise residential buildings overlooking the BPCL and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd’s refineries, Tata plant and BARC located in Mahul, Chembur and Mumbai.
BPCL has challenged the Bombay high court’s interim order that admitted the petition that refused to restrain the state government from going ahead with the construction work.
Tax dues to have priority over private debts: SC
New Delhi: In recovering debts or enforcing security interests, the state’s right to sales tax dues, etc., will have priority over claims of banks, financial institutions and secured creditors, the Supreme Court has ruled.
A three-member bench said tax dues to the state can claim priority over private debts.
The statutory first charge created in favour of the states under Section 38C of the Bombay Sales Tax Act, 1959, and Section 26B of the Kerala General Sales Tax Act, 1963, had primacy over the right of the banks to recover dues, it held.