Demolish Adarsh society building, orders Bombay high court

Inquiry ordered against politicians, officers involved in scam

GN Bureau | April 29, 2016


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 The Bombay high court on Friday directed the Centre and the ministry of environment and forests to demolish the scam-ridden Adarsh Housing Society in south Mumbai. The court also ordered an inquiry against politicians, ministers and officers who were involved in the scam.

The court directed the state government to initiate criminal prosecution against officers involved in the scam and to restore the plot.
The high court has given 12 weeks time to the Maharashtra government to file an appeal. The court said that all pending proceeding going on in the lower courts must be speeded up. 
 
The 31 storey structure was built without permission from the environment ministry. The 25 flats in the controversial society were illegally allotted.
 
The building was originally meant to house Kargil war heroes and war widows.
 
Ashok Chavan, who had to step down as chief minister after the scam surfaced in 2010, refused to comment. He was among the 12 persons charge sheeted by the central bureau of investigation in connection with the case. As per the investigating agency, Chavan suggested inclusion of civilian members in Adarsh Housing Society to secure flats for his relatives in the plush complex.
 
 Petitioner and RTI activist Santosh Daundkar said he was happy with the court order.

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