New Delhi: The Supreme Court said it will hear Reliance Power Ltd’s appeal against a lower court order that said the acquisition of farm land by the Uttar Pradesh government for the company’s planned electricity generation plant was illegal. The hearing was rescheduled to 29 January after three farmers said they didn’t receive copies of Reliance Power’s petition, Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan said on Monday.
Anil Ambani’s Reliance Power has challenged the Allahabad high court’s ruling, which said the acquisition of land from 432 farmers for the plant at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh was made without first addressing their objections. The lower court directed the district administration to give back the land if the farmers returned the compensation they received, according to a copy of the order filed with Reliance Power’s petition.
At least 90% of the 4,984 farmers accepted compensation for a combined 2,000 acres acquired from them in 2005, Reliance Power lawyer Mukul Rohatgi told the court.