The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the 15 villagers of Ullahwas — challenging the Haryana government’s decision of giving the land on lease to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) and Church Gate Medical Society — to file a fresh petition citing the specific rules and prove how favour has been done by the government.
On the directions of the division bench, comprising justice Jasbir Singh and justice Augustine George Masih, counsel for the petitioners withdrew the public interest litigation with the liberty to file fresh petition.
The bench stated that the petitioners’ simple assertion that the government has passed the order to lease land was not justified for interference of the court. The petitioners have been asked to show the bench that the exercise has been done by the government to favour some individual or the trust by making out a proper case.
The petitioners had submitted that the state government had taken the action with the sole motive to please the RGCT and Church Gate Medical Society.
The PIL had sought quashing of the orders dated December 6, 2010, vide which 40 kanals and 3 marlas of land of Ullahwas panchayat has been ordered to be released from acquisition, despite issuance of notification under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act to facilitate RGCT set up an eye hospital and research centre.
The petitioners had also sought quashing of the orders vide which 9 kanals of land, which has been leased out to Church Gate Medical Society.