The state government had, on June 15, 2009, withdrawn the state SEZ policy following a cabinet decision. Subsequently, GIDC had issued notices to the SEZ promoters seeking to take back the allotted land, following which the promoters had approached the high court. In the same case PILs had also been filed by villagers of Keri, Sancoale and Verna, challenging GIDC’s decision to allot land in their respective villages on lease agreements to the SEZ promoters. The villagers complained that the land was allotted fraudulently.
The court further held that as far as three notified SEZs are concerned, the stand of the Central government is that the Goa government should negotiate with the developers. It also said that the notifications have been issued on the basis of allotment of lands by GIDC. As the allotments are held to be illegal, notifications cannot be acted upon now.
While granting some relief, the court dismissed petitions filed by three notified SEZs—Meditab Specialities Pvt Ltd, Peninsula Pharma Research Centre Pvt Ltd and K Raheja Corporation Pvt Ltd — and four other SEZ promoters — Paradigm Logistic and Distribution Private Ltd, Planetview Mercantile Company Pvt Ltd, Inox Mercantile Company Pvt Ltd and Maxgrow Finlease Pvt Ltd.