Don’t demolish, take over Adarsh housing society: SC to Centre

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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to take over possession and secure the controversial Adarsh society building in Colaba.

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The apex court ordered that the handing over of possession has to be done on or before August 5. The process will be supervised by Registrar General of Bombay High Court or by his nominee Registrar.

The Centre further gave an assurance to the court that the building would not be demolished.

“We will secure the building and the land and there will be no demolition,” Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Centre assured the bench when the counsel for the Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society sought a stay on the demolition order of the High Court.

A bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and AM Sapre also asked the Registrar General of Bombay High Court to ensure that either he, or a registrar nominated by him, oversee the handing over of possession of the building on or before August 05.

The bench asked the Registrar of the High Court to ensure that all the documents and records pertaining to the society are inventorised and handed over to the housing society simultaneously when Director of Military Estate or his nominee takes over the possession of the building.

“Issue notice. There shall be no interim order… Except the fact that the Government of India will take possession of the building in question within one week from today,” the bench said.

However, later it extended the time for taking over the possession of the building till August 5.

According to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Congress leader Ashok Chavan had approved additional floor space in Adarsh in exchange for flats for his relatives in Adarsh – a society meant for war veterans.

Chavan was among the 13 people chargesheeted by the CBI in the Adarsh scam in July 2012. Chavan was forced to quit in November 2010 after it emerged that three of his relatives had been given apartments in the 30-storey building.