Demolition of ‘Adarsh scam’ building ordered

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Mumbai, April 29 (CINEWS): The controversial Adarsh building in Mumbai’s posh Colaba area was on Friday ordered to be demolished by the Bombay High Court.

Civil society and activists said it would be a major victory for widows and children of Kargil martyrs for whom the building was planned in the first place. They said it was slap in the face of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who cornered the prime piece of real estate and build a posh 31-storey building after flouting all norms.

The court has given 12 weeks for any challenge to its order in the Supreme Court before the building is razed.

The Adarsh Housing Society was first proposed for the welfare of war widows and personnel of the Indian army. However, politicians and officials bought the apartments at cheap prices after fudging several documents related to the land and construction.

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BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said in a statement that “It proves that all decisions taken by former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was illegal.”

The scam came into the open in November 2010 and the controversy forced the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to resign from his post. Apparently, three of his relatives were also given apartments in the building. In 2011, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said, “The episode of Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society reveals how a group of select officials, placed in key posts, could subvert rules and regulations in order to grab prime government land – a public property – for personal benefit.”

The Colaba area is also considered a sensitive coastal area by the Indian Defence forces and is the location of various Indian defence establishments.

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