Saurav Ganguly and government of Bengal fined for allocation of off-tower land

The Calcutta High Court on Monday imposed a “symbolic cost of Rs 10,000” on President of the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) Saurav Ganguly and Rs 50,000 each on the West Bengal government and a state-owned company in as part of a turn over land allocation.

The West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) awarded two acres of land in 2013 to the former captain of Team India in the New Town area to set up a school.

A division bench consisting of Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Judge Arijit Banerjee, in its order, said that although the plot was delivered by the beneficiaries, it imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 each on the government of the ‘State and to WBHIDCO for having generated a dispute by arbitrary exercise. power.

The bench also imposed a “symbolic cost of Rs 10,000” on the former Indian cricket captain and the Ganguly Education and Welfare Society “for the reason that even they should have acted in accordance with the law, especially given the previous judgment by which the arbitrary allocation of land in their favor was overturned by the Honorable Supreme Court.

The court ordered that the amount be deposited with the West Bengal State Legal Services Authority within four weeks from the date of receipt of the copy of the order.

The state government and WBHIDCO will be free to recover the amount from employees responsible for award decisions, the judiciary ordered.

The bench adopted the order on a PIL filed in 2016 contesting the allocation of land to New Town by WBHIDCO alleging a violation of the rules, regulations provided for the allocation of land.

Allocation was made to Ganguly and the company by letter dated September 27, 2013. The land was transferred to WBHIDCO in August 2020.