The Bombay High Court, on Friday ordered demolition of the controversial Adarsh Housing Society building in Colaba, for 'violating coastal regulations'.
Adarsh Housing Society
The HC also ordered an inquiry against politicians, ministers and officers who were involved in Adarsh Housing Society scam.
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The order was passed by the High Court while it was hearing a petition filed by the society claiming they had followed all the rules and it was standing on the state's land. While the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) had claimed that the society had violated all the coastal regulatory zones, the defence said that the land belonged to the society and was violating security norms as it very near to Navy Nagar area.
The High Court bench of Justice Rajesh Ketkar and Ranjit More ordered the MOEF to demolish the building. It asked the state to register civil as well as criminal cases against those responsible and also penalised the building by asking it to pay the money of demolition.
The lawyers representing Adarsh have told the bench to give a stay for 12 weeks as they want to challenge the order in the apex court.
The major scam also has former chief minister Ashok Chavan as one of the 13 accused who will now be tried for being part of criminal conspiracy and cheating.