State SEZ Actís legality challenged in High Court

The Gujarat High Court Friday issued notices to the central government and the Advocate General acting on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Gujarat Special Economic Zone Act, 2004.

Further hearing has been posted after three weeks and both have been asked to reply before that.

A petition in this regard has been filed by one Shabbir Khalifa from Kutch. Khalifa's lawyer Hashim Qureshi said the issues being dealt by the Gujarat SEZ Act belong to the subjects that fall under the purview of the central government under the Constitution.

"However, despite this, the state government enacted the Act. Moreover, the state Act should have been repealed by the state government in 2006 after the central government enacted the SEZ Act," Qureshi said.

"Now, both the state and central Acts are having conflicting provisions. And various industrial houses are misusing these conflicting provisions to their advantage," he added.

The petitioner has sought to struck down the Gujarat SEZ Act while calling it unconstitutional.

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