The Gujarat High Court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging irregularities in the acquisition of land for the solar park project at Charanka village in Santalpur block of Patan district in north Gujarat.
The division bench of acting chief justice VM Sahai and justice RP Dholaria rejected the petition. The PIL had alleged that associates of BJP MLAs and ministers purchased lands from Dalits, tribals and other backward communities at lower prices and later on they were acquired by Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) at higher prices in 2011.
The petitioner alleged that many parcels of lands were purchased by few individuals shortly before the land was resold to GPCL. The PIL alleged that in less than a year from the first purchase by few individuals, the land was acquired by GPCL at a rate 20 times more than the rate paid by these individuals who were alleged to close to BJP ministers and leaders.
The PIL alleged that GPCL purchased the 918-hectare land from such people by paying them about Rs 51 lakh against the last sale price of Rs 1 lakh for the same plot. The PIL was moved by a Congress leader from Patan, Farsu Goklani in 2012.
The petition claimed that the state government acquired 2,456 hectares of land in the first phase for the solar park at the rate of Rs 6.90 lakh per acre. The petitioner had alleged that dozens of parcel of lands were purchased by people from outside the district with no specific motives.