Appeals against land acquisition for mining in Chhattisgarh dismissed by the Supreme Court

12 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

The petitioners' lawyer, Sudeip Shrivastava, said the case will be taken to the Supreme Court.

The Chhattisgarh high court has dismissed five petitions contesting the land acquisition for the Parsa Coal Block, which is owned by the Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd.

“Apart from the egregious delay in approaching the court, we believe these petitions have no validity.” On Wednesday, a division bench of chief judge Arup Kumar Goswami and justice Rajendra Chauhan Singh Samant declared, “The petitions deserve to be rejected…”

They will appeal to the Supreme Court, according to lawyer Sudeip Shrivastava. “We will consider our next action after reading the order…we will undoubtedly file an appeal…”

The court stated that anyone may have protested to the acquisition within 30 days and that there is no reasonable explanation for the delay.

On April 6, the Chhattisgarh government gave final sanction for the mining project on 841.538 hectares of forest land.

The court stated that the petitions addressed matters presented before the National Green Tribunal. “We will limit our discussion to the legality of the land purchase process.”