HC Notice To Centre, DDA On Land For Escort Hospital

New Delhi, July 28 | Updated: Jul 29 2004, 06:30am hrs
The Delhi high court on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre, Delhi government and DDA on a plea challenging the conversion of Escort Heart Institute and Research Centre Ltd (EHIRC), which was allotted land at a throwaway price, from charitable society into a corporate entity.

A bench of Chief Justice BC Patel and Justice BD Ahmed sought reply from concerned authorities by August 11 on a public interest litigation seeking restoration EHIRCs charitable character.

The PIL filed by VP Jain, a resident of Delhi, contended that a charitable society cannot be converted into a corporate entity and questioned whether a land allotted on concessional rate for charitable purpose be transferred.

Jain said he approached the court on learning from the news report that EHIRC had made offer of Rs 51 crore before the court to get itself absolved of the lease condition.

This is the second PIL in which the issue has been raised.

Earlier this month, during the hearing of another PIL, EHIRC had proposed to pay the difference between the market price of the land prevailing at the time of allotment and the concessional price at which the land was allotted.

However, social jurist, a group of lawyers which had filed the PIL on the issue, had objected to the proposal saying the land given through charitable society has to be used for charitable purpose.