Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday upheld the government decision to award the contract for the construction of the Vizhinjan deepwater seaport and international transhipment container terminal to Lanco Kondapalli Power Private Ltd., Hyderabad.

Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan while dismissing a petition by Zoom Developers said the decision of the government and the Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd., a sponsor company, was not vitiated.

The petition sought to declare as illegal the action of the State government in treating the proposal submitted by the petitioner as “non-responsive.”

Zoom Developers was disqualified on the main ground that it had changed a consortium partner after the submission of the consortium agreement. The other reason for disqualifying it at the pre-qualification stage was that the company had not stated that it would be “jointly and severally liable” at every stage of the project.

The court said the contention that in the absence of the term “liability” in the agreement, the government and the sponsoring company could not be compelled to treat that the proposal by Zoom Developers as non-responsive was sustained. They could not be held to have acted against the public interest or against the terms of the Request for the Proposal (RFP).

Vigilance officers

A Division Bench comprising Justice P.R.Raman and Justice T.R. Ramachandran Nair on Thursday directed the State government to give names of three competent Superintendents of Police for appointment to the post of vigilance officers in Travancore Devaswom Board.

Pampa action plan

The Bench also directed the Ombudsman for Travancore and Cochin Devaswom Boards to convene a meeting of the representatives of the State government, Travancore Devaswom Board, Pollution Control Board and Kerala Water Authority to discuss the proposal to set up a sewage treatment plant at Sabarimala and Pampa and file a report regarding the steps taken to implement the project before the next Sabarimala season.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by the Pollution Control Board seeking permission to take action against the Devaswom Board officials for polluting River Pampa.

Bail rejected

Justice K. Hema rejected the bail petition filed by Santhosh Madhavan in a cheating case filed against him stating that interrogation of the accused would be required to reveal more about the case.

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