HC judge figures in 'G' site controversy

HC judge figures in 'G' site controversy

Advocate and party in person S Vasudevan has challenged the allotment of such sites to 250 people, including ministers, MLAs, MPs, MLCs and others. He said in an open court that the judge was one of the beneficiaries.

During the hearing of the PIL challenging the allottment of sites, Vasudevan said Justice Ramesh is respondent no 48 in the list of 250 beneficiaries under ‘G’ category. Vasudevan, however, offered to continue his submission before the same court stating that he still had faith in the Bench.

Chief Justice Khehar quickly responded stating that it will be heard by some other Bench and adjourned the matter.

The petitioner had challenged the allotment of  ‘G’ category sites between February 2, 2006, and October 8, 2007. His contention was that all the allotments under the ‘G’ category were against the rules and procedures of the BDA.

Objecting to the allotment of sites, Vasudevan sought a directive to declare the site allottment Rule 5 G of 1984 under BDA Act 1976 — which confers on and vests in the BDA an absolute and unbridled power to dispose of stray sites — as arbitrary and ultra vires of the BDA Act. He sought that the rule should be struck down as it defeated public interest and caused public injury.

He also sought quashing of the allocation of stray sites under the ‘G’ category to MLAs, MPs and MLCs. Seeking criminal action against the respondents for making false declarations to obtain the sites, he said that it amounted to violation of the site allottment rules 1984.