Adani Group’s plea on Vizhinjam Port: HC seeks Kerala govt’s views

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Thursday sought the views of the state government on a plea filed by the Adani group seeking contempt of court action for not providing police protection for construction works for Vizhinjam International Seaport.
Justice Anu Sivaraman asked the government to respond after considering a petition (COC-C 1703/22) filed by Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt Ltd (AVPL). As the government sought time to respond, the court adjourned the case to September 20th.
For not implementing the court’s order of September 1st granting police protection, the Adani group is seeking contempt of court action against several officials, including chief secretary VP Joy; K Gopalakrishnan, who is the managing director of state-owned Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd (VISL); K Biju, who is the secretary of Department of Ports; state police chief Anil Kant; Thiruvananthapuram city police commissioner G Sparjan Kumar; deputy commissioner Ajit Kumar; and Vizhinjam station house officer Prajeesh Sasi.
The court had ordered the officials to ensure that adequate police protection is provided AVPL, its contractors, and workers in view of the protests being conducted by fishermen under the leadership of the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum. The court had also ordered for deploying central forces if the state government is unable to maintain law and order in the project area.

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