28 September, 2020

Pass The Salt, Comrades

A Supreme Court ruling blows the lid off a decades-long land allotment scam

Swapan Nayak
Pass The Salt, Comrades
This is a controversy that might take a long time to die down. Last week, Calcutta was shocked after a Supreme Court ruling asked retired Calcutta High Court judge Bhagawati Prasad Banerjee to vacate his house in the satellite township of Salt Lake because he had allegedly used his judicial position to wangle the plot from then chief minister Jyoti Basu. Referring to "an unholy nexus between duty and interest," the apex court said the fact that "the learned judge has misused his judicial function as liveries to obtain personal interest is clearly discernible."

But Trinamool Congress vice-president Tarak Singh, who had filed the public interest litigation in the Supreme Court, says the Justice Banerjee case is just the tip of the land allotment scam. This week, Singh will push for a review of the case. "I had challenged 293 other allotments, all made by Jyoti Basu," says Singh. "But only Justice Banerjee was singled out for action. What about the rest?" Singh wants to put them all in the dock.

That will be quite a crowd. According to Trinamool MLA Deepak Ghosh, who has...


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