Mansion de­mo­li­tion ap­peal set

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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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