Published On: Fri, Jan 28th, 2011

Supreme Court orders status quo in Vedanta University project

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A Supreme Court bench of Justice D.K. Jain and Justice H.L. Dattu has ordered Orissa state government to maintain status quo on the “nature, character and possession” of the land acquired or sought to be acquired for the Vedanta University project.

The ruling effectively stalls the project till the time matter is resolved in the court. The Supreme Court was moved by the Orissa government and the Anil Agarwal Foundation – which is setting up the Vedanta University – challenging the Orissa High Court verdict faulting the land acquisition in the project on 17 counts.

Earlier the high court had directed the state government and the Vedanta University authorities to return the acquired land to its original owners.

Vedanta University, modeled after Stanford University is a proposed world class, multi-disciplinary university with more than 100,000 talented students from across the world.  It is supposed to be set up over more than 6,000 acres on the Puri-Konark marine drive in Orissa with an estimated investment of more than 15,000 crores.