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KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Wednesday postponed for one week the hearing on Adani group’s contempt of court plea alleging that the state government authorities are not implementing the court’s orders for providing police protection and for ensuring ingress and egress to the construction site of Vizhinjam International Seaport.

Justice Anu Sivaraman considered the petition (COC No. 1703/22) filed by Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt Ltd (AVPL) on September 14th alleging non-implementation of the police protection order of September 1st. On September 30th, the court had directed the state government authorities to ensure that there is no obstruction to the ingress and egress to and from the project site.

During the hearing, the court said the environmental and other issues projected by the protestors can be highlighted before an appropriate court. The court said the police protection order and the directive to ensure ingress and egress should be strictly followed.

On October 7th, the court had ordered the government authorities to immediately remove the shed erected by the protestors. While asking the protestors to comply with the court’s orders, the government court, on October 12th, directed the authorities to file a compliance report after implementing the orders.

The case came up for hearing on October 28th but was postponed recording the submission of the counsel representing the protestors that an attempt will be made to comply with the court’s orders fully in letter and spirit. While hearing the case again on November 1st, the court was told by the protestors’ counsel that that there is no obstruction and that appropriate steps will be taken to remove any obstruction. The court has now postponed the case to November 22nd, which would be the 15th hearing on the contempt of court plea.


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