When did Defence hand over Adarsh land, asks HC
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Wednesday asked the
controversial Adarsh Housing Society to submit a list of its
original members, as well as that of existing members.
Hearing the petition filed by the society challenging
cut-off of water and power supply as well as cancellation of
occupation certificate, High Court also asked when the plot,
on which the society stands, was given up by Defence Ministry.
The 31-storey building, in upscale South Mumbai, became
the centre of controversy after newspapers reported that it
stood on Defence land, in violation of CRZ regulations, and
was originally meant for relatives of Kargil war martyrs.
"There is a clear admission in your letter of proposal
(seeking allotment of plot) in 1999 that land was in the
possession of Defence. We want to know when Defence handed it
over to state," the judges said.
The division bench of Justices BH Marlapalle and UD
Salvi also asked the society to produce terms and conditions
of allotment of land by state government in January 2003.
The division bench also sought to know whether
permissions were taken when height of building was increased.
"We have heard that subsequently height was changed. We
want to know whether permissions were obtained for it," it
The matter will now come up for hearing on December 16.
Earlier, the society`s lawyer, senior counsel Rafiq Dada,
said that action of the civic authorities was a knee-jerk
reaction to media reports.
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