Central Vista Project: Petition dismissed against change in land use

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar wondered whether suggestions could be sought from the general public at the place of the Vice President’s residence as it agreed with the Centre’s contention that it was a policy decision.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging a proposed change in land use – from the bus terminal and neighborhood park to the new official residences of the Vice President and the Prime Minister – for the ambitious Central Vista project, saying it was a matter of . Policy and courts cannot interfere unless there is some malpractice shown in the decision.

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar wondered whether suggestions could be invited from the general public instead of the Vice President’s residence as it agreed with the Centre’s contention that it was a policy decision.

“How is this illegal? What are malpractices?” The bench asked the counsel for petitioner Rajiv Suri.

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