Goanet News Service
2008-06-27 04:34:09 UTC
PANAJI: The Goa government has decided to withdraw the stop work order
issued to the notified SEZ developers in January 2008. This was revealed to
the Goa bench of the Bombay high court on Wednesday by the state government
counsel during a hearing on a petition filed by K Raheja Corp Pvt Ltd, an
In another development, the court directed Goa Industrial Development
Corporation not to take any further steps on the show-cause notice issued by
them in June 2008 to Peninsula Pharma Research Center Pvt Ltd to stop work.
Arguing on behalf of Raheja, Ravi Kadam pointed out that since the central
government has notified these industries as SEZs, the state government had
no power to interfere or issue any orders to stop work within a SEZ notified
Appearing for the government, Rajiv Kumar contended that though it is the
central government that notifies SEZs, the land is acquired by the state
government and so state laws will apply to SEZs.
Rejecting the argument of the government counsel, the high court inquired
whether the state government intends to withdraw the stop work order served
upon the petitioner as they had no powers under the SEZ Act to interfere in
decisions of the central government. The state government counsel then
informed the court that the government is withdrawing the stop work order.
Taking up another petition filed by Peninsula Pharma challenging the show
cause notice issued by GIDC, the high court restrained GIDC from taking
further steps in the matter. The notice was issued to Peninsula Pharma to
stop further work in the SEZ area.