In a setback for Sourav Ganguly, the Calcutta High Court has cancelled the allotment of land given to him to establish an educational institution. The 2-judge bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee also imposed a penalty of 50,000 each on West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and the state government, and a penalty of Rs 10,000 on Ganguly and his foundation.
The court ruled that Sourav was in a position to dictate terms to the bodies and the whole process was against the law of the land.
Noting that while the former cricketer was one of the most successful Indian captains, he is not above the law. “If Sourav Ganguly is interested in the development of sports especially cricket, in which he has many achievements to his credit, there may be already many state sports establishments, he can associate himself with them and motivate budding cricketers.”
The petitioner informed the High Court that the state government worked in favour of the former cricketer and the premium was reduced from Rs. 10.98 crores to Rs. 5.27 crores suit Sourav’s demands.