HC orders demolition of Adarsh Housing Society; 12-week stay sought



In an exemplary order, the Bombay High Court directed the Union environment ministry to demolish 31-storey Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in Mumbai.

The counsel for the society pleaded the court to grant a 12-week stay order on the demolition order so that it could prepare to appeal in the Supreme Court.

On 16 January 2011, former environment minister Jairam Ramesh had directed that the society be demolished within three months for violating coastal regulations. Agreeing with Ramesh, the court said the society lacked Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) clearance.

The court ordered the Maharashtra government and the Centre to consider taking civil or criminal proceedings against the guilty bureaucrats, ministers and politicians.

The HC also instructed the defence ministry to conduct an inquiry against the guilty in the case. A bench of Justice RV More and Justice RG Ketkar directed the defense ministry to inquire as to why why action was not taken earlier.

Politicians and bureaucrats got hold of flats, meant for Kargil war widows and defense personnel, in an unauthorised manner and at at throwaway prices. After this was unearthed, former CM Ashok Chavan was forced to resign.

Meant to be a six-storey structure, it was converted into a 31-storey building so as to get flats allotted to politicians and bureaucrats.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had recently sanctioned action against Chavan, who is presently an MP representing Nanded constituency.