"The ministry is considering giving the society a
fresh hearing against the demolition order. A final decision
will be taken within two weeks after which an affidavit would
be filed," Assistant Solicitor General Darius Khambatta,
appearing for the Ministry, said.
A division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and Rajesh
Ketkar was hearing a bunch of petitions filed in the high
court in connection with the Adarsh Housing Society scam,
which included the society's petition challenging the
Environment Ministry's demolition order.
The ministry had on January 16 ordered the demolition
of the 31-storeyed Adarsh building after observing that it was
The bench has now adjourned hearing in the case till
Meanwhile, another petition filed by the Society
seeking for CBI to defreeze its bank accounts was adjourned
till March 16. CBI, which is probing the scam, is likely to
file its progress report before the court on that day.
The agency had on January 29 registered a case against
13 people including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok
Chavan, on charges of criminal conspiracy, fraud and misuse of
Mumbai: The Environment and Forest
Ministry on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that it is
considering giving the controversial Adarsh Society a fresh
hearing against the demolition order and will file an
affidavit within two weeks.
First Published: Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 21:08