PIL says KoPT illegally allowed firm to operate

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) to file an affidavit explaining its stand on the allegations that it did not float a tender for the cargo-handling operations at berth number 2 and 8 of Haldia dock just after the exit of the ABG-led firm.

The PIL filed by one Ujjaini Sengupta, involved with a NGO, alleged that a company named Ripley operated at the two berths after the departure of ABG, but the KoPT did not float any tender for the cargo-handling operations, which resulted in the loss of revenue for the KoPT. Moreover, the PIL alleged that it was unlawful for the firm to operate without getting any tender.

Arguing for the petitioner, advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee, pleaded the High Court to interfere into the alleged irregularities of the KoPT. The Division Bench also directed that the private company be made a party in the case.

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