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Maharashtra: Bombay HC directs demolishment of Adarsh society, says it was illegally constructed May 02,2016   |  Source: First Post

In an order that will send shock waves through Maharashtra politics, the Bombay High Court on Friday directed the demolition of the controversial Adarsh Society in the plush Cuffe Parade area of Mumbai. While giving the direction, the high court upheld an order that was passed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in the matter. The high court said that there was no Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) clearance for the society, and that flats meant for Kargil war widows and defence personnel were illegally procured by politicians and bureaucrats, CNN-News18 reported. However, on a plea made by the Adarsh Housing Society, a division bench stayed its order for 12 weeks to enable it to file an appeal in the Supreme Court, despite opposition by the Maharashtra government. The demolition should be carried out at the expense of petitioners (Adarsh Society), ruled the court. The court also asked the Centre and Maharashtra Government to consider initiating civil and criminal proceedings against bureaucrats, ministers and politicians, if not already done, for various offences in acquiring the plot on which Adarsh Society stands and also for misuse and abuse of powers.

On 16 January, 2011, the then environment minister Jairam Ramesh had ordered the demolition of the 31-storey

 

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