Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Adarsh building case: SC says no demolition for now, asks Centre to take over

Narada Desk | July 22, 2016 5:45 pm Print
While hearing an appeal filed by the Adarsh society challenging High Court verdict in April to raze the building, the SC urged the Centre to secure the building and also sought response of Maharashtra government

Putting the Bombay High Court order in last April to demolish Adarsh society building on hold, the apex court on Friday ruled to not raze the controversial building.

The court asked the Centre to take over the building in Mumbai.

While hearing an appeal filed by the Adarsh society challenging  High Court verdict in April  to raze the building, the SC urged the Centre to secure the building and also sought response of Maharashtra government.

“We will secure the building and there will be no demolition,” Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the apex court as response to the court direction.

The Bench also directed to hold the handing over before August 5.

Registrar General of Bombay High Court or his nominee Registrar should supervise the process, the court said.

The controversies regarding Adarsh housing society building came to the limelight, after the 31-storey building in Colaba, South Mumbai was illegally owned by politicians, bureaucrats, and defence officials.

The building was basically built for war veterans in the country, for their kin and widows.

Following the controversies, the then Congress Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was compelled to resign as Maharashtra CM.

Some of his relatives had also been allegedly granted apartments in the building.

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