Amicus Curiae to probe into affairs of clubs

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2017 09:56:21


Staff Reporter,

The panel to probe whether prime government lands allotted for pittance are being commercially exploited to earn profits in breach of lease conditions

Taking a tough stand against the beneficiaries of prime government lands including major clubs, charitable, educational and cultural institutions, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday constituted a panel headed by Amicus Curiae Adv Shreerang Bhandarkar to probe into affairs of these institutions and find out whether the lease conditions are being followed are not.

Most of these institutions have claimed either losses or very negligible profit in their statements furnished to the District Collector and now the panel will scrutinise the account statements with the help of a chartered accountants empanelled with Registrar.
A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Swapna Joshi directed the Amicus Curiae to immediately start probe and submit report on November 1.

This order has come as a bolt from the blue for major institutions situated on government lands. As per the Government Resolution (GR) dated December 23, 2015, allottees
violating Nazul land lease condition and indulging in commercial exploitation are required to pay 25 per cent unearned income derived from such activities.

According to an affidavit filed before the High Court by District Collector Sachin Kurve, out of 113 prime Nazul (Revenue) land allotted to various clubs, charitable, educational and cultural institutions, 12 most prime properties are being commercially exploited in violation of lease conditions. Large tracts of Nazul lands were allotted on a very nominal rate to these institutions and as per record obtained by Revenue Department, the allottees are misusing the land to derive commercial gain.

Adv Shreerang Bhandarkar is Amicus Curiae in the case. Additional Government Pleader Deepak Thakre represented the Collector. Adv Jemini Kasat held the brief for the NMC.