Sul­tan says

Mid Day - - CITY - HAJRA BI

KE­NIL­WORTH Mall’s bete noire Sul­tan Mansuri is back, and he hasn’t given up on en­croach­ing the prop­erty’s car lift. Af­ter the BMC de­mol­ished the gar­ment shop he’d made in the lift, he has re­turned to re­claim the same spot. But no They said ap­prox­i­mately 2,500 sq ft area was il­le­gally cap­tured by Mansuri to make a shop in Au­gust 2013, which was de­mol­ished by the BMC in De­cem­ber 2014. mid-day had high­lighted the mat­ter in 2014, which led to BMC de­mol­ish­ing the en­croached prop­erty.

Dagdu Son­awane, so­ci­ety com­mit­tee mem­ber told mid­day that the struc­ture has come back on the car lift area. De­spite tak­ing the mat­ter to local po­lice and BMC, no ac­tion has been taken against Mansuri.

An­other mem­ber said that Sul­tan Mansuri de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions. He told mid-day that he’d been ap­pointed as the care­taker of the build­ing. He has taken the car lift on rent, and pays for it reg­u­larly. He took it on rent be­cause the lift was ly­ing un­used. He said the mall has sev­eral il­le­gal encroachments, but peo­ple are tar­get­ing him be­cause they fear he will ex­pose them. He added that the court has given him in­terim re­lief against de­mo­li­tion. Amount each mem­ber paid for park­ing space af­ter the de­mo­li­tion, Mansuri man­aged to ac­quire in­terim re­lief from the Din­doshi court in July 2017 against BMC tak­ing up any de­mol­ish­ing drive So­ci­ety’s coun­sel Ram Pandey said they’d writ­ten a com­plaint to the po­lice and BMC in Novem­ber 2017 af­ter Mansuri be­gan re­con­struct­ing the store. This was protested by the so­ci­ety mem­bers. The mem­bers then filed an ap­pli­ca­tion in Ban­dra court this Jan­uary for the same. Mansuri sub­mit­ted his re­ply in June, say­ing he is au­tho­rised to use the area and no de­mo­li­tion had taken place ear­lier.

An­other mem­ber said BMC can eas­ily de­mol­ish the en­croached struc­ture but seems to be favour­ing Mansuri.

mid-day reached out to zone DCP Paramjit Dahiya and as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of Hwest ward, but they re­mained un­avail­able for com­ment till the time of go­ing to press.

PICS/ASHISH RAJE

Mansuri’s gar­ment store, made in the car lift, hin­ders the other shop own­ers’ ac­cess to the base­ment car park­ing.

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