Bharati Cements moves HC, says AP Govt creating hurdles

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YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s firm Bharati Cements approached Hyderabad High Court charging AP state with creating hurdles against the company in setting up of a plant in Kadapa district. It said the district collector of Kadapa was delaying the holding of public hearing in the matter at the behest of political bosses.

Arguing on behalf of Bharati Cements, senior counsel C V Mohan Reddy told the bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice A Shankar Narayana on Wednesday that the public hearing need to be held urgently as the company was not in a position to retain the ‘letter of intent’ issued by authorities for long.

AP’s advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas told the court that the application was made by Raghuram Cements and the ‘letter of intent’ too was issued in the same name. Now a new entity called Bharati Cements had come to fore about which the director of mines hadn’t been intimated. The bench asked the AG why the state did not bring to fore this plea so far. The collector postponed the public hearing twice but never cited that issue as a reason.

However, the bench was also not convinced by the proposal put forward by the cement firm that the state could enter into a lease deed for the 500-acre mine land pending the Centre’s environmental clearance. The case will be heard again on Thursday.

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