BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has been fined a token cost of Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000 each on West Bengal govt and state-owned Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation. It comes after irregular allotment of land to former India captain to set up a school in New Town. The bench ordered that the amount should be deposited with West Bengal State Legal Services Authority in the next 28 days.
“Though the plot of land has been returned by the allottees, for the conduct of the state in generating litigation by the arbitrary exercise of power that runs totally contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court, we impose a cost of Rs 50,000 each on the state and WBHIDCO,” Calcutta High Court order read.
The court further added that the WB govt and WBHIDCO could recover the amount from the employees who are responsible for the allotment decision.
Speaking about the fine imposed on Sourav Ganguly and Ganguly Education and Welfare Society, the court said, “Even they should have acted in accordance with law, specially considering the earlier judgment whereby arbitrary allotment of plot in their favour was set aside by the Supreme Court.”
The hearing was from a PIL filed in 2016 for irregular allotment of two acres of land to Sourav Ganguly for setting up the school in New Town. The allotment took place in 2013 and the plot was surrendered to WBHIDCO in August 2020.
“The country always stands by the sportspersons, especially those who represent the country at international events. It is also a fact that Sourav Ganguly has brought laurels to the country in cricket,” the court said.
“But when it comes to law, our constitutional scheme is that all are equal and no one can claim to be exclusive, above the law and seek benefits from the state, especially when a question arises about allotment of plots for commercial ventures,” the court further said.
Ganguly had got the plot in Salt Lake in 2009 which was set aside by Supreme Court in 2011.