SC admits plea against Tata project in Raigad
Mukul Rohatgi, senior advocate appearing for Tata, opposed reopening of the issue as the Bombay High Court has granted a go ahead to the firm with certain riders. The counsel relied on the firm’s affidavit, containing data on consent awards and list of khatedars (private owners/ occupants).
However, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for farmers, said that the company never handed over the records of consent awards to them when the proceedings were on before the HC and the number of khatedars was understated. “Petitioner obtained, through the use of the RTI, the list of 2,552 khatedars whose land fell within the zone of acquisition... the list of khatedars has been understated by 420 khatedars since Tata has claimed there were 2,131 khatedars,” he said.
The counsel the list of those who were paid compensation by Tata revealed those who are not khatedars were shown as ones and paid accordingly because the genuine ones were opposed to the acquisition. “The company has shown lands acquired through private negotiations even in those cases where only part payments have been made and in some cases it appears
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