Rahejas challenge Goa Govt’s order to scrap SEZ

Rahejas, the real estate major, has challenged the Goa government’s decision to scrap the approved SEZ before the Bombay High Court. A senior company official said, “We have already made it clear that our SEZ was non-polluting and as such has no reason for the government to stop it. We have invested a lot of money on the project”. Further he asked, “We need to know on what ground it was scrapped”.

The company wants the HC to cancel the state government’s order. Company is saying that they were not given a hearing before taking the decision. Here it is necessary to mention that Raheja is the second company to challenge the state government’s decision. In December 2007, pharma giant Cipla had filed two petitions challenging the state’s verbal order to stop construction at the SEZ site. Cipla CEO Amar Lulla had asked, “Despite having all requisite permissions, the state government refused to give us any police protection when we wanted it, but instead have asked us to stop work. How can a government be like this?” The Cipla case is pending in court yet.