Bombay HC issue notice to civic chief over not razing illegal structure

In June, the high court had directed the civic body to demolish the illegal construction carried out by the husband of Vile Parle Congress corporator Binita Vora at their residence.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:October 11, 2016 1:15 am

THE BOMBAY HC Monday issued a notice against the civic chief, asking why contempt action should not be initiated against him for failing to comply with a court order directing demolition of illegal portions of a bungalow in suburban Mumbai.

In June, the high court had directed the civic body to demolish the illegal construction carried out by the husband of Vile Parle Congress corporator Binita Vora at their residence. A division bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice A A Sayed was hearing a petition by Shiv Sena member Jitendra Janawale, whose wife lost to Vora in the 2012 polls.

On Monday, the bench was informed by Janawale’s advocate Sagar Rane that instead of demolishing the illegal structure, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had regularised it.

“The corporation has committed willful and deliberate breach of the court orders and has regularised the construction. We are issuing show cause notice to the municipal commissioner asking him why criminal and civil contempt action should not be initiated against him for failing to comply with court orders,” said Justice Oka.

The court has posted the matter for further hearing on November 18, by when the civic chief will have to file his reply.

In June, the high court had directed the commissioner to initiate proceedings in a lower court to determine if Vora stands disqualified as corporator for the illegal construction done by her husband.

Under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, a councillor who carries out illegal construction, or his/her spouse or dependent builds an illegal structure and is directly or indirectly responsible, shall be disqualified. The petition said Vora has incurred disqualification as her husband, Mehul, built the outhouse of their bungalow, Kunj Vihar, into a commercial showroom.

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