Mumbai: Mumbai Joint Police Commissioner
Himanshu Roy`s mother and IPS officer-turned-lawyer Y P Singh
own flats in the controversy-hit `Harsiddhi Heights` whose
demolition has been sought by Indian Navy due to its close
proximity to a naval base.
The Navy had approached the High Court in October 2010
seeking demolition of the 18-storey building in Worli as it
had not obtained the requisite `No Objection Certificate`
(NOC) from Western naval authorities before the construction.
The Bombay High Court had on January 13 ordered an
interim stay on the further sale of flats and induction of
occupants in the building. It had also directed the builder to
submit a list of all present occupants of the highrise.
Denying any wrongdoing in purchase of the flat by his
mother, Crime Branch chief Roy told PTI, "My mother bought the
flat a few years ago through a bank loan. She is a tax paying
citizen and has all I-T returns documents with her."
"As per rules, I informed my higher authority when she
bought the flat. Moreover, I never dealt with any file
pertaining to the construction of the building," the high-
profile IPS officer said, apparently hinting at officials who
had secured flats in scam-hit Adarsh Housing Society allegedly
in return for giving clearances.
Lawyer Y P Singh alleged that Harsiddhi Heights was
being targetted as he had helped expose the Adarsh Housing
"Is there anything wrong in owning a flat in Mumbai? I
bought it with my hard-earned money. Such tactics will not
deter me from exposing corrupt people," he said.
Singh said he had no problem if Harisiddhi Heights was
demolished along with over a dozen other buildings located
within 300 meters of the naval base.
The Navy had argued in the court that the building was
just 57 meters from the naval base `INS Trata` where missiles
and launchers were kept.
According to rules laid down by the state government,
an NOC has to be procured from the Navy for any construction
within 300 meters of its base.
Apart from Harsiddhi, a seven-storey building under
the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) Scheme has also been
constructed in the vicinity.
The Navy alleged in its petition that Rajshree
Constructions (builders) and Prithvi Corporation (developers)
colluded with some powerful persons to exert undue influence
on SRA authorities to go ahead with the construction.
The petition said the highrise has an unrestricted
view of the naval base that posed a security threat. The Navy
had procured the land from the Army in 1964.