Attorney General to appear before HC over Amaravati’s Swiss Challenge

Senior counsel appearing for the petitioner company, told the court that the CRDA had not disclosed the revenue.

Published: 31st August 2016 04:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st August 2016 04:26 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government told the High Court that the Attorney General of India (Mukul Rohatgi) will appear before the Court on behalf of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in the case filed against Swiss Challenge model being adopted to select Amaravati’s development partner.

Special counsel for AP, D Ramesh, made this submission before Justice M S Ramachandra Rao, who was hearing a petition filed by Aditya Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation challenging the technical eligibility criteria and bid submission period given in the Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the CRDA commissioner for development of 6.84 square kilometres start-up area in Amaravati capital city of AP. The petitioner company questioned the non-disclosure of the offer made by the Singapore consortium.

Earlier, AP advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas, appearing for the CRDA, submitted that an amended notification had been issued as per the assurance given to the court in this case by extending the time to submit bids from September 1 to 13, 2016. He also said a counter affidavit was filed in the case. In the counter affidavit, it was averred that the petitioner is not qualified.

Senior counsel D Prakash Reddy, appearing for the petitioner company, told the court that the CRDA had not disclosed the revenue sharing details despite the memo filed in the court in this regard and it was nothing but contempt of court. When the judge sought reaction of the AG on the objection of petitioner’s counsel, the AG said it would not affect the rights of the petitioner.

At this stage, special counsel Ramesh intervened and told the judge that the attorney general of India will appear for the CRDA and urged for adjourning the case to Thursday. The judge said he will post the matter to Friday for further hearing. While adjourning the case, the judge granted liberty to the petitioner to challenge.

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