Washington: The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up an appeal by Indian villagers against a power plant in Gujarat, funded by US-based International Finance Corporation (IFC), which has allegedly resulted in environmental damages.
"Petition granted", the Supreme Court said on Monday. The case would come up for hearing in the next session, beginning October.
The villagers, led by Budha Ismail Jam, along with several other farmers and fishermen, allege that coal-fired Tata Mundra Power Plant has resulted in widespread environmental damages.
Washington DC-based IFC, the financing wing of the World Bank, has provided USD 450 million in financial assistance to the project.
The Supreme Court said it would decide whether the IFC enjoyed immunity under the 1945 International Organisations Immunity Act.
Jam and other petitioners knocked the door of the Supreme Court this year after lower courts dismissed their petitions arguing that the IFC enjoyed immunity, like other foreign countries, under the 1945 International Organizations Immunity Act.
In their petition, the villagers argued that the Tata Mundra Power Plant has failed to comply with international environmental standards. This has resulted in devastation of local environment.
"International organisations play an ever-increasing role in the economic landscape of this country and the world. Therefore, the question whether the...