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Court rejects plea by Mahatma Gandhi’s great grandson challenging redevelopment: Gujrat High Court

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed by Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, challenging the proposed redevelopment of the Sabarmati Ashram [Tushar Arun Gandhi v State of Gujarat]. A bench comprising Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice Ashutosh J Shastri opined that the  project would promote ideas and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi benefitting the society at large.

FACT OF THE CASE-

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected a plea filed by Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi against the Sabarmati Ashram redevelopment project after the state government assured that it will “not touch” three key attractions in the one-acre area housing the main ashram.

The division bench of Chief Justice Arvind Kumar and Justice AJ Shastri disposed of the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the very first hearing, after Advocate General Kamal Trivedi assured that the redevelopment will take place only in the 55-acre area surrounding the main ashram.

JUDGEMENT OF THE CASE-

A Bench of Chief Justice Arvind Kumar and Justice A.J. Shashtri dismissed the petition and held that the proposed redevelopment would not alter the Gandhian ethos of the ashram as the government had proposed to redevelop the surrounding areas and not the ashram itself.

The court observed that “the Gandhi ashram, spread over five acres, will remain intact, and there is no plan to disturb it by the government, and the government will keep its promise to keep the ashram as it is.”

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