HC Di­rects Demolition of Adarsh

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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

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