Supreme Court stays Gujarat High Court order to take land given to Adani Ports

New Delhi: In a relief to the Adani Group, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the Gujarat High Court’s decision to allow the Gujarat government to return 108 hectares of grazing land to villagers near Mundra port in Kutch district.

The bench, comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and K.V. Viswanathan, stayed the order and issued a notice after considering a plea from senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi representing the Adani entity, arguing that the High Court had passed the order without giving the company a chance to be heard.

“He (Mukul Rohatgi) states that though the counsel for the petitioner was present before the High Court and attempted to make submissions, he was not heard by the High Court. Issue notice, and there shall we stay the impugned order,” Justice Gavai remarked.

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) had challenged the Gujarat High Court’s 5 July order mandating the return of 108 hectares of grazing land to farmers.

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