New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed the decision of the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh
to allot land to a trust named after late party leader
A bench comprising Justices GS Singhvi and AK
Ganguly cancelled the state government notification for
allotting around 30 acres of land to the Trust whose trustees
include senior party leaders LK Advani, M Venkaiah Naidu and
Murli Manohar Joshi.
The apex court directed the authority concerned to
take possession of the land which was allotted on September
25, 2004 by the then Madhya Pradesh government headed by Uma
The court passed the order on a petition filed by
Akhil Bhartiya Upbhokta Congress, a consumers’ society
registered in MP, challenging the government`s decision on the
ground that the land at Basvadiya village was given at a
throwaway price to the Trust in violation of laws.
The consumers` society had approached the apex court
after the MP High Court had refused to quash the land
The apex court had reserved its order on January 19
after hearing extensively the arguments of the consumers`
society and the state government.
Defending its decision to allot the land, the state
government had contended that there was nothing wrong in
allotting the land to a trust named after political leaders as
the Centre and many other states have allotted huge chunks of
land to several trusts in the name of prominent political
figures in the past.
The state government had argued that if uniform
parameters were to be applied for all trusts created in the
name of the political leaders, then all such allotments made
by the Union government were open to scrutiny of the top