Petition challenging land allotment to Sehwag dismissed

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed a petition that challenged the decision of the Haryana government to allot land to cricketer Virender Sehwag to run a cricket academy in Jhajjar district.

Rakesh Chahar and others of Jhajjar district had sought a direction for quashing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the state government to transfer the land in favour of the Indian cricketer in 2008.

It was contended by the petitioner that the land was allotted to Sehwag for setting up of the academy but he had set up an international school on the land and the school was charging hefty fees and as such the object and purpose of allotment was being defeated.

Sehwag’s Krishna Drishti Educational Society was given over 23 acres in Jhajjar’s Shilani Kesho village in October 2008 on a 33-year lease by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government for a sports complex at Rs. 3 lakh per acre to promote the interest of the residents of the city in the game of cricket.

Dismissing the appeal, Justice S K Mittal held there was no merit in the contentions raised by the petitioners and declined to interfere in the matter.