The Supreme Court on July 22 asked the central government to take over possession of the controversial Adarsh society complex in Mumbai. It also ruled that it should be ensured that no demolition takes place while securing the building.
Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society had moved the SC on July 18 against the Bombay High Court verdict to demolish the 31-storey building.
“The handing over of the possession has to be done on or before August 5. The process will be supervised by HC Registrar General,” stated the SC.
On April 29, 2016, the High Court had upheld a 2011 order of the Ministry of Environment and observed that the building be demolished.
It had also ordered the government to take criminal action against those politicians and bureaucrats for misusing power.
Senior counsel Darius Khambata, who appeared for Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority and defence ministry, had detailed various violations to state why the demolition order must be upheld.
The society building, planned to house Kargil War heroes and widows, was altered into a 100-metre tall tower in which politicians, bureaucrats and army officers allegedly bought flats at throwaway prices.
After the scam erupted in November 2010, the CBI chargesheeted 13 persons, including former CM Ashok Chavan and his three relatives.