Vedanta Univ: SC fixes interim hearing in Feb 1st week

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Friday fixed its interim hearing during the first week of February on an interim appeal filed by Anil Agarwal Foundation regarding Vedanta University in Puri.

While accepting the interim appeal on the proposed Vedanta University, a three-member bench of SC headed by Chief Justice upheld the directive of the Orissa High Court pronounced in 2011 on the university project.

In its application, the Anil Agarwal Foundation has asked for a hearing this month.

The Anil Agarwal Foundation is promoted by NRI billionaire and chairman of Britain’s Vedanta Resources Anil Agarwal.

Earlier, the HC in its order had quashed land acquisition for the proposed Vedanta University project in Puri while saying the procedures as illegal.

The Odisha government and the university had challenged the high court decision.

Congress leader Umaballav Rath had filed the first plea in the HC challenging the project, which was envisaged on 500 acres of temple land.

The petition said the proposed university project would cause extreme debilitating impact on the ecosystem as well as the local bio-diversity.

The Union Environment Ministry also put on hold the controversial Rs 150 billion Vedanta University project in Puri following complaints of alleged irregularities by its promoter Anil Agarwal Foundation.
The multi-disciplinary Vedanta University is proposed to come up along Puri-Konark highway spread over 6,892 acres.