‘Ni­rav’s il­le­gal bun­ga­low in Alibaug to be razed’

The Hitavada - - NATION -

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.

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