The Gujarat High Court (HC) on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) that had alleged irregularities in the allotment of 26,77,814 square metre land at a throwaway token price of Re 1 per square metre for the state governments Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) project to a company that was formed as a joint venture by the state government and a private company. The petition had demanded CBI probe into the episode while basing the petition mainly on the report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).
A division bench of the HC comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala dismissed the petition. It observed that CAG was not empowered to question government policies on merit. The court also held that the prayer sought in the petition should not be granted merely on the basis of CAG report. Considering all the facts of the matter,the court also held that it could not be said that the state government had allotted the land at its whims.
The PIL was moved by an Ahmedabad-based resident,Pathan Mohammed Suleman.