New Delhi: The Supreme Court has admitted a
petition challenging the allotment of land by West Bengal
government to former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly for
construction of a school in a posh locality of Kolkata.
The apex court issued a notice to the state government
and Ganguly on a petition filed by an NGO which has alleged
that the land at Salt Lake locality was allotted to the
cricketer allegedly by flouting all procedures.
A Bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly
took an undertaking from the cricketer`s counsel that he will
not go ahead with any construction activities and maintain
status quo on the land till further order.
The Bench noted the undertaking by senior advocate U U
Lalit, appearing for Ganguly, that "his client will maintain
the present status of the land in question".
Taking on record the statement of his counsel, the Bench
said "in view of the statement of the learned counsel, we do
not consider it necessary to pass any interim order".
The court was hearing an appeal filed by a West
Bengal-based NGO, Humanity and others, seeking a stay on all
construction activities on the one-acre plot of land.
The Calcutta High Court had dismissed the NGO`s plea to
stop all construction activities on the plot allotted to
The NGO submitted that the state government violated all
norms and procedures while allotting the prime land to the
former Indian cricket captain.
It said the plot was earmarked for a college but the
state accommodated Ganguly`s request without amending the