Chandigarh: In what may come as a major relief to the Congress-led government, the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the allotment of land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) by people of the Ullawas village in Gurgaon was withdrawn from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

During the hearing of the case on Tuesday, the petitioners failed to convince the court on the point of public interest involved in the matter. The petitioners had argued that the government had taken the decision of land transfer in haste.

On this the High Court asked the petitioners to mention the manipulation done in the matter following which the latter failed to give any satisfactory reply.

During the last hearing, the court had posed three questions to the petitioners. Firstly, what was the cost at which the land in question was given on lease prior to handing over to the RGCT? Secondly, what would be the cost of the land now? And thirdly, how does this matter come under the ambit of public interest?

After the petitioners failed to give satisfactory answers, the court asked them to withdraw their PIL.

Earlier, the petitioners had accused the Haryana government for ignoring norms to grant five acre land to the RGCT run by family members of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi for 33 years on Rs 3 lakh per acre.

JPN/Bureau