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AHMEDABAD: The development commissioner has filed a caveat before the Gujarat High Courtrequesting it be heard if Adani Port & SEZ Limited (APSEZ) opts for legal remedies in respond to the show cause notice issued by the Ministry of Commerce. Last week, the ministry issued show cause notice to APSEZ for its proposed second SEZ.

On behalf of the development commissioner, advocate Pankaj Champaneri filed caveat on June 13 and it is pending before the High Court. Last week,Adani Group spokesperson admitted that it has received a show cause notice from the ministry for APSEZ's proposed new 1840 hectares special economic zone (SEZ) Mundra where the group is already operating 6472 hectare multiproduct SEZ at Mundra in Kutch district.

"Recently, a new multi product SEZ over an area on 1840 hectares has been approved and notified vide notification dated 28th March, 2012. The Company has received a show cause notice recently for new SEZ of 1840 hectares and in the process of replying the same," said Adani Group spokesperson in a media statement issued on June 16. He clarified that the notice has no relation with the existing operational multi product SEZ. "The Company is carrying out its activities within the framework of law and has been complying with the applicable laws. The port operations and port development activities at Mundra are normal," read Adani Group stated.