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Bombay High Court Lashes Out On Government’s Attempt To Protect Illegal Bldgs In Digha

DighaNavi Mumbai : The state government’s decision to intervene in the Digha matter under political compulsions backfired when the Bombay High Court lashed out at the state for this move during the hearing yesterday. The court questioned the state government, “What signal do you want to send by doing this?”. A bench of Justices Abhay Oka and C V Bhadang were hearing a public interest litigation on nearly 90 illegal constructions in Digha village, Navi Mumbai. During the last hearing in October last year, the government had pleaded relief stating that they are drafting a policy in the matter. At that time the court had ordered criminal action against builders.

The high court questioned under what powers was the state trying to create a policy that would protect and legalize illegal constructions on land belonging to the CIDCO, NMMC and MIDC. The court voiced concern that the policy will set an example for every city in the state and that Pimpri-Chinchwad and Bhiwandi-Nizampur were waiting in a queue.

There was also no relief on humanitarian grounds for the owners living in illegal buildings as it pointed out that, “These are not innocent flat purchasers. They have purchased flats with full knowledge that these are illegal constructions.”

The bench also said the state’s policy must be rational. It pointed out that the state came out with this policy after the statutory authorities started taking action and issued demolition notices. The court will also hear the three authorities on January 22 before passing its order.

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