AP High Court Issues Notice to Central Government in RINL VSP PIL
A Division Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, comprising of Justices J Bagchi and M Ganga Rao, while hearing public interest litigation filed by retired IPS officer and CBI joint director Mr VV Laxminarayaam, has issued notices to the Central government over the privatization of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited’s Vizag Steel directing to file a counter-petition while keeping the question of maintainability of the writ petition open. The Andhra Pradesh government told the court that it had asked the Center to reconsider the privatization decision. The court adjourned the next hearing for four weeks.
The court observed that an unwise or unpopular decision ought to be taken up for debate elsewhere and not in a courtroom unless a statutory violation is pointed out and it warrants the court's interference.
The petitioner’s argument was that the Central government could not take a unilateral decision to divest its stake from a public entity without ensuring compliance with the promise of jobs made to the land oustees, and send them for negotiations with a private party. Appearing for Mr Lakshminarayana, senior counsel B Adinarayana Rao said the court was bound to look into the Central government’s decision since it was affecting the fundamental rights of not only the land oustees but also a large number of others who were employed in the PSU directly and indirectly.