The Bombay High Court on Monday said it would hear a petition by the scam-tainted Adarsh Housing Society against the demolition order of the Environment and Forests Ministry after the Supreme Court decides its plea seeking transfer of the matter to National Green Tribunal.
Defence Minister AK Antony advised the Defence Estates Department to "draw lessons" from ongoing probes in Adarsh and Sukna land scams before issuing no-objection certificates to land-related projects.
Claiming ownership over the land on which the controversial Adarsh Society building stands, the Maharashtra government has told the judicial panel probing alleged irregularities in it that the plot was never transferred to Army.
The Maharashtra government never approached the Army seeking possession of the land where the controversial Adarsh Housing Society building stands, an Army official said while deposing before a commission set up to probe the case.
Ministry of Defence told the
commission of inquiry probing the Adarsh scam that apart from the 31-storey Adarsh building in upscale Colaba here, no other
building posed a security threat to the Army installation.
Stung by Sukna and Adarsh
scams, the Defence Ministry has decided that NOCs for construction on defence lands in
cantonments would be given only by it, snatching the right
from Cantonment Board Chief Executive Officers.
The Maharashtra government-appointed
judicial commission, which is probing irregularities in the grant of various permissions to the controversial Adarsh
Housing Society, visited the 31-storey building in south Mumbai.