Mansion demolition appeal set
THE State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has allocated three days in November for argument over Radhika Oswal’s appeal against demolishing her unfinished $70 million mansion ordered by Peppermint Grove Council.
“I’m very conscious of the timing to get some sort of decision out of this by Christmas,” SAT senior member Maurice Spillane said.
At a third directions hearing last Tuesday, Mr Spillane ordered the council and Mrs Oswal’s lawyers to have a mediation session on September 1.
Failing mediation, their evidence for a full hearing from November 9-11 must be in by October 16 and responses to the evidence finished by October 30.
Mr Spillane said mediation and any hearing could be held at the mansion but he did not want a “circus”.
Mrs Oswal may still be subject to an order preventing her from leaving Australia if she travels from the Middle East, and her appearance at the mediation or hearing may be by video or phone.
“The tribunal would not be concerned she departs, only that she arrives,” Mr Spillane said.
Mrs Oswal’s lawyer Julius Skinner said whether his client needs to be at the hearing could be discussed at mediation, and the Dubai-listed company Mercury Services Ltd which holds the mortgage over the mansion had indicated it may join the proceedings.
Council lawyer Digby Robinson said the success of mediation now depended on what was presented by Mrs Oswal’s lawyers, who had the onus on showing what benefit there would be not going to a full hearing.
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