Society to contest demolition move

“The tenor of the order is completely mala fide and we challenge the demolition order,” society’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said.The ministry, in its order, said the building “should be removed in entirety and the area restored.”

The order was passed after a hearing on the controversy. The ministry had served a notice to the society last November, asking why the illegal floors in the building should not be demolished for violation Coastal Regulatory Zone norms.

“Well, I was expecting such a order to be passed by the ministry because the content of the order was leaked to the media on Thursday and Friday and this is wholly mala fide and illegal. To pass an order on a Sunday like this without even any legal precedence, I totally feel it is a mala fide order and we challenge it as and when we get the copy,” Maneshinde said.

Asked about the legal options, he said the first legal option is “to approach the high court and society will decide the next course of action. I will advice them after seeing the copy of the order, it is premature to tell what we are going to do.”

“Surprisingly, all the orders of the Adarsh society concerned are being passed on Sunday and communicated through electronic media. This is not the way a minister has to communicate an order to the public and to the members of the society. I think he is in lightening speed and hurry to pass an order on a Sunday,” Maneshinde said.

The lawyer also responded to the tone of the report. “I haven’t seen the copy of the order. The minister unfortunately does not realise that he was not a part of the hearing when it took place before the environmental ministry,” Maneshinde said.

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