HC Directs Demolition of Adarsh
Mumbai: Holding that the scamtainted 31-storey Adarsh building in South Mumbai’s Colaba was illegally constructed, the Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to demolish the tower and sought criminal proceedings against politicians and bureaucrats for “misuse” of powers. However, on a plea made by the Adarsh Housing Society, a division bench stayed its order for 12 weeks to enable it to file an appeal in the Supreme Court, despite opposition by the Maharashtra government.
The demolition should be carried out at the expense of the petitioners (Adarsh Society), the court said. It also asked the Centre and the Maharashtra government to consider initiating civil and criminal proceedings against bureaucrats, ministers and politicians, if not already done, for various offences in acquiring the plot on which Adarsh Society stands and also for misuse and abuse of powers.
Insisting that the government was determined to get to the bottom of the matter, the statement said “CBI has so far investigated over 100 witnesses” and efforts were on to nab all the accused at the earliest. “Those who cannot see prime minister succeed even hint at him cutting a deal. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Prime Minister Modi did not cut any deal of any sort. His only goal and priority is the development of comprehensive national power, and empowerment of our masses,” the statement said.
The government also referred to reports alleging that former air chief SP Tyagi was close to National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Principal Secretary to the PM Nripendra Misra.
“This is a totally baseless assertion, devoid of reason and logic, and indicative of malicious intent. In reality, there is no such connection,” it said.
ON WEAK GROUND: Adarsh Society