The Bombay High Court, on Thursday, asked the state government to file a reply on whether any alterations were made to the BJP head office at Nariman Point after allotment of the premises that has been existence for 35-40 years.
A division bench of Justices A S Oka and A P Bhangale was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens Welfare Trust challenging the illegal construction made by the BJP and other political parties to extend their offices near Nehru Garden.
In the previous hearing, the court was informed that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tried to demolish the illegal structures constructed by the political party on the space allotted for recreational ground, but the corporation was not granted police protection to go ahead with it. The court had then ordered BMC to inspect the said premises and submit its report on April 16.
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Advocate Mustafa Doctor, representing the petitioner, said that the BMC does not comment on whether the structure is legal or illegal and the report was only an inventory of the scene.
“Since the state government is the allottee in this case it will have to examine if any changes have been made after allotment of premises. The stand will have to be taken as per inspection report,” said the HC.
The state government said that it “cannot demolish” the structure near a garden at Nariman Point as it is allowed to exist as per development policy.
The court asked the Doctor if he had any record of the dimensions of the area before it was allotted to the BJP. Doctor said alterations have been carried out on the said plot and a land that was originally sanctioned for 2,400 sq ft has been extended to 9,700 sq ft.
The court has granted BJP and the state government two weeks’ time to reply and the matter is scheduled for June 25.