In a sweeping order, the Bombay High Court this afternoon ordered demolition of massive Adarsh Society building which was originally earmarked for the families of martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the Kargil war. The building was later given to the kith and kin of influential politicians and they are now enjoying the fruit.
But the Court has ordered demolition of the controversial Adarsh Housing Society building in Colaba, for ‘violating coastal regulations’.
The HC also ordered an inquiry against politicians, ministers and officers who were involved in Adarsh Housing Society scam.
The order was passed by the High Court while it was hearing a petition filed by the society claiming they had followed all the rules and it was standing on the state’s land. While the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) had claimed that the society had violated all the coastal regulatory zones, the defence said that the land belonged to the society and was violating security norms as it very near to Navy Nagar area. The High Court bench of Justice Rajesh Ketkar and Ranjit More ordered the MOEF to demolish the building. It asked the state to register civil as well as criminal cases against those responsible and also penalised the building by asking it to pay the money of demolition. The lawyers representing Adarsh have told the bench to give a stay for 12 weeks as they want to challenge the order in the apex court