‘Nirav’s illegal bungalow in Alibaug to be razed’
The Maharashtra Government told the Bombay High Court on Thursday that it had ordered demolition of fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi’s illegal bungalow built along the beach at Alibaug in adjoining Raigad district.
Government counsel advocate P B Kakade also told a bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice M S Karnik that it had served demolition notices to another 58 private properties in the area constructed in violation of the State’s rules and coastal zone norms.
He made the submissions in compliance with a previous order of the bench which had directed the Government to submit details of action taken and pending litigation concerning the illegal private constructions along the beaches in Alibaug, a coastal town popular with weekend tourists.
The State filed an affidavit in the court stating that orders to demolish Modi’s illegal bungalow have been issued.
It also said 58 other properties were served with the demolition notice on December 4, and their owners asked to raze all illegal structures within a week.
In the affidavit, the State submitted that the owners of around 61 such illegal private structures had managed to get stay orders on demolition from local civil courts.However, it was planning to initiate legal action to get the stay orders lifted, the Government submitted. The bench took note of the State’s submissions and scheduled the matter for further hearing. The bench was hearing a petition filed by an activist. The plea had sought that the court direct the authorities to demolish all unauthorised constructions “within the low and high tide areas” in villages in Alibaug.