Latest Cricket News: On Monday, a division bench of the Calcutta High Court comprised of acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee imposed a token cost of Rs 10,000 on BCCI President Sourav Ganguly for illegal property allotment. The bench also fined the government and the state-owned West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) in the suit Rs 50,000 each. The property was designated for the construction of a school in the New Town neighbourhood of Kolkata.
The bench has set a four-week deadline for depositing the money with the West Bengal State Legal Services Authority. “We do not need to quash the plot allotment because it has already been surrendered; however, for the State’s conduct in generating litigation through the arbitrary exercise of power, which runs completely contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court, we impose a cost of Rs 50,000 each on the State and WBHIDCO (West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation),” the court said in its order.
Ganguly was given the plot in 2013
A letter dated September 27, 2013, allotted the site for the school to Sourav Ganguly and the society. Later, in August 2020, the block of land was surrendered to WBHIDCO. The court, in passing the decision, also highlighted the importance of having a stated policy to guide on all problems so that there is no arbitrary exercise of authority or pick and choose formula. It further stated that, despite the fact that Ganguly has given the honour to the country on the international stage, he must follow the law.
Thus, the court imposes a token cost of INR 10,000 on Sourav Ganguly and the Ganguly Education and Welfare Society because “they should have acted in accordance with the law, especially when considering the earlier judgement whereby arbitrary disbursement of plot in their favour was set aside by the Supreme Court.” Notably, the court was hearing a PIL filed in 2016 that questioned Ganguly’s out-of-turn land allotment.
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