Mumbai: HC seeks replies to PIL on Antilia irregularities

The Bombay High Court yesterday directed the charity commissioner, the commissioner of police, the BMC, the Currimbhoy Ebrahim Khoja Trust, the Wakf Board and Antilia Commercial Pvt Ltd to respond to a PIL on alleged irregularities in handing over land for tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s 27-storey skyscraper residence — Antilia — on Altamount Road.

The 27-storey Antilia on Altamount Road. File pic
The 27-storey Antilia on Altamount Road. File pic

The petition, filed by Shaadab Patel some 15 days ago, alleges that the Wakf Board sold 4,532.39 sqm of land to Antilia Commerical Pvt Ltd for just R21 crore in 2002 to raise the R200-crore structure. The land was given by the Currimbhoy Ebrahim Khoja Trust to the Wakf Board for the religious education of Muslim orphans.

The petitioner said the value of the land is much higher than what was paid by Antilia Commercial Pvt Ltd. He also cited a report of the Wakf Board, which mentions irregularities in the sale of the land. Patel claimed that the sale didn’t have the consent of all Wakf Board members.

Senior advocate Iqbal Chagla, representing the charity commissioner, told the court that the issue of sale was old. Justices VM Kanade and MS Karnik, however, asked all parties concerned to file their replies to the petition. The matter will be taken up again after vacation.

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