New Delhi: Holding that litigation was not
like buying a lottery ticket for manipulators and speculators,
the Supreme Court has imposed a fine of Rs two lakh each on
two persons for fradulently grabbing two pieces of government
land in Uttar Pradesh`s Ghaziabad district.
"This case certainly calls for exemplary costs to the
appellants. We wish to make it absolutely clear that this
court is not for manipulators, speculators and land grabbers.
The litigation in this Court is not like buying a lottery
ticket that, if luck favours, might bring a windfall (even
though illegitimate) but would cost no more than the expenses
"That is not the way of this Court. We, accordingly,
impose a cost of Rs.2 lakhs on each of the two appellants. The
amount of cost must be paid to the Supreme Court Legal Aid
Committee within 12 weeks from today," a Bench of Chief
Justice S H Kapadia and Aftab Alam said in a judgement.
The apex court made the remarks while dismissing the
appeal of two persons Rakesh Kumar Goel and Moti Lal Goel
challenging an Allahabad High Court order which had quashed
the allotment of land by state revenue officials in 1992 in an
The High Court had held that the auction sale of the two
plots was a nullity because in violation of rule 285-D of the
UP Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms (UPZALR) Rules,
1952, the appellants did not deposit one fourth of their bid
amounts immediately on the conclusion of the auction but
deposited the requisite amounts on the following day.
However, subsequently it came to light that the there
was no auction of the land and the officials had connived with
the duo to allot them land without inviting any bids, a matter
which came to light during the proceedings in the apex court.