Written by Shaurya Mahajan
Today, on 25 March 2022, the Supreme Court in the case of Tushar Arun Gandhi vs State of Gujarat & Ors agreed to hear a special leave petition filed by the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi in the coming week.
Tushar Gandhi has moved to the Supreme Court challenging Gujarat High Court’s order dismissing his petition against Gujarat government’s decision to revamp/redevelop Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad at the estimated cost of ₹1,200-crore.
The bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Krishna Murari and Justice CT Ravikumar directed the matter to be listed after a request for urgent listing was made by Senior Advocate Indira Jaising.
The High Court through the impugned order had also refused to quash the Government Resolution dated 05.03.2021, issued by the Industries and Mines Department, Gujarat forming Governing and Executive Council for the purpose of the comprehensive development of the Gandhi Ashram Memorial.
The petition mentions that the Government of Gujarat through its 2019 order had publicized their intent to redesign and redevelop the said Ashram to make it into a “world class museum” and “tourist destination”.
The petitioner has expressed his fear that the project will change the physical structure of Sabarmati Ashram and corrupt its pristine simplicity that embodies the ideology of Gandhiji.
The petitioner has further expressed his apprehension stating that with the nature of redevelopment and over-sized involvement of the government authorities in the conception and execution of the project, the ashram may lose the Gandhian ethos and embodiment of Gandhian ideology.
Furthermore, according to the petition, the said project is diametrically opposed to Mahatma Gandhi’s personal wishes, inferred according to his written instruction dated 30.09.1933 and seeks that Sabarmati Ashram should be treated as per Gandhiji’s will.
Therefore with these claims by the petitioner, the special leave petition shall be heard by the Supreme Court in the coming week.