Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has submitted public interest litigation in Gujarat High Court against the state government’s developmental plans of the Gandhi Ashram at a cost of over Rs1,200 crore.
Meanwhile, Tushar Gandhi has questioned the state government’s decision to hand over the responsibility of developing and operating the project to the Mahatma Gandhi Sabarmati Ashram Memorial Trust (MGSAMT). His representative said, “Essentially this trust (MGSAMT) will have control of the 55 acres to the exclusion of the present trusts.”
During the hearing of the case, the representative of the state government countered that MGSAMT was formed just to enhance coordination and consultation between the trusts and the government, and not to take over anything.
Besides, the representative said that the government is the one to decide on the trustees for MGSAMT. If the government has decided on some trustees, but later on there are problems or conflicts, the concerned trustees can be removed. The representative said that India is a democracy and all decisions are taken in the same way.