Rae Bareli project plea to be heard Nov 11

October 22nd, 2008 - 7:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Oct 22 (IANS) The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Wednesday decided to hear Nov 11 a petition on the land allotment for a rail coach factory in Rae Bareli.The Northern Railway (NR) filed a writ petition, along with a public interest litigation (PIL) by villagers of Rae Bareli, on Oct 13, two days after the Uttar Pradesh government withdrew the 400 acres of land it had given for the proposed factory in Lalganj town.

The factory is slated to come up on 1,200 acres of land in Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency of Rae Bareli.

However, the state government led by Mayawati, sensing that the decision could have a negative political fallout, returned the land to the railway Oct 18.

“The government counsel pleaded before the court to cancel the case as the land has already been given back to the railways. However, the court listed the matter for Nov 11,” Mohammad Arif Khan, counsel of the petitioner, told reporters after the hearing.

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