Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Supreme court issues notices to West Bengal Government

The Communists have gotten enmeshed in yet another corruption scandal.

SC notices on Salt Lake plots (The Statesman, Jan 24, 2006)

SC notices on Salt Lake plots

NEW DELHI, Jan. 23. — The Supreme Court today issued notices to the West Bengal government and chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on a PIL alleging that plots in Salt Lake City had been allotted by flouting rules since 1977.
A Bench headed by Justice Ruma Pal also issued notices to former chief minister Mr Jyoti Basu and his son Chandan on the allegation that in 1977-78, the chief minister’s discretionary quota was created by unlawful and confidential executive orders without even informing the Cabinet. The PIL, filed by a resident of Bengal Mr Joydeep Mukherjee, also named urban development minister Mr Asok Bhattacharya and finance minister Mr Asim Dasgupta as respondents. The petitioner has contended that in 1985 the state government started carving out new residential plots from the land earmarked for civic amenities, ecological balance etc in violation of the approved master plan. The PIL charged the government had illegally dissolved the Salt Lake Advisory Committee and amended the Acts of 1975 and 1976 in 1985 and by the new West Bengal Government Township (Extension of Civil Amenities Amendment) Act, 1985, tried to give legal validity to the allotments with retrospective effect. — PTI



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