HC for stern action against illegal constructions in Navi Mumbai

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday took a stern view of the increasing number of illegal constructions in Navi Mumbai and said the builders responsible for it have to be taken to task and criminal cases should be registered against them.

A division bench of Justices A S Oka and V L Achiliya was hearing two Public Interest Litigations by one Rajiv Mishra and advocate Mayura Maru raising concerns over illegal constructions in Navi Mumbai.

The state government had earlier this week told the court that it was planning to regularise all illegal constructions in Navi Mumbai and said it will be framing a policy on this soon.

"People are being taken for a ride. FIR needs to be registered against these builders. Criminal law needs to be set in motion and the builders need to be taken to task. These builders must be held responsible. These are very serious offences under the Indian Penal Code and the MRTP Act," Justice Oka said.

The court directed a senior police officer from Navi Mumbai Police to remain present before it on October 19. "We want to know what steps the police has taken against such builders. The commissioner of police Navi Mumbai should constitute a special team comprising senior officers to inquire into this," the court said.

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