BTC land allotment challenged in HC


They contended that if the tank bed was restored, then the water could be impounded in all the 159 acres. But if the Turf Club came up on this land, then the concrete structures raised at the place would make that impossible. They also quoted a resolution of the State Legislature Committee, which stated that no tank bed area could be given to private parties.

On July 13 of this year, the Chief Justice, while dealing with another petition related to the Turf Club, had stated that the action taken by the Government, had to be in accordance with the law.

Prior notice not given
Barely 14 days later, the Government handed over the land, without even giving the 90-day prior notice, calling for objections from the public, the petitioner alleged.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice P D Dinakaran observed that it was unfortunate that Government’s decision had not been taken in accordance to law.

The bench further observed that the they were not standing in the way of the execution of the executive power, but the taxpayer had a right to file objections.
The Government’s counsel said that if the decision was to be found bad in law, then it would be withdrawn. The matter has been admitted and has been posted for hearing on Thursday.

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