Too late to order probe into Dabhol project: SC

  1. The Supreme Court has ordered to close the case of alleged corruption involving politicians,bureaucrats and corporates in the Enron-Dabhol power project.The court said that delay of over 25 years will serve no purpose in continuing with the judicial commission of inquiry.
  2. US-based Enron and its associate Dabhol Power Corporation had set up the 2,550 megawatt power project in Maharashtra in 1996 after signing the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) in 1993.
  3. The apex Court had in 1997 admitted the petition of the Centre for Indian Trade Union (CITU) challenging a Bombay High Court order upholding the PPA and issued notice to MSEB on the role of government and its officials in the signing of the agreement.
  4. The state government had then appointed a committee headed by Madhav Godbole which in its report in 2001 suggested the setting of a judicial commission after giving its finding of alleged irregularities in the deal.
  5. According to the suggestion of the Godbole Committee,a one-man enquiry commission headed by former Supreme Court judge was appointed.However, proceedings of the judicial commission had never happened.