SC rejects Maha govt's plea to close Enron-Dabhol power

SC rejects Maha govt's plea to close Enron-Dabhol power

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Maharashtra government's plea to close the Enron-Dabhol power project case wherein it was alleged the money was paid to politicians and bureaucrats to clinch the deal.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna asked the state government to inform about the steps taken on recommendations by Energy Review Committee which had recommended a judicial probe into the entire Enron power project deal 2001.

The court's query indicated its keenness to take issues of political corruption to its logical conclusion.

Notably, the Committee upheld the allegations of money being paid by Enron to politicians and bureaucrats for clinching the deal. It was critical of then Congress leader and former Chief Minister Sharad Pawar, the 13-day BJP-led Union government which reworked the deal in 1996, then Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and his government in Maharashtra headed by Manohar Joshi.

As the US power company Enron pulled out of the Dabhol project and went bankrupt, the plant was shut in 2001. The appeals were filed in the top court for restarting the plant.