The Bombay High Court Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking directions to the Union government to take a decision expeditiously on declaring nuclear scientist Homi Bhabha’s Malabar Hill bungalow ‘Meherangir’ as a national monument.
A division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawalla while dismissing the petition filed by Raam Dhuri, president of National Forum for Aided Institutions Employees (Department of Atomic Energy), took into consideration an order passed by another bench of the high court in a similar petition.
Dhuri had earlier filed another public interest litigation, along with Prashant Worlikar, a trade union leader which was disposed of by the court by asking the petitioners to make a representation to the central government, which then expressed its inability to declare the house a monument.
The fresh petition filed by Dhuri had also sought directions to the purchasers of the bungalow to not carry out any demolition or repair work pending decision from the Union government. He had approached the high court in July this year.
Recently, the Charity Commissioner had allowed National Centre for Performing Arts, to whom the property was bequeathed to go ahead with the sale of the bungalow.
Senior counsel Rajiv Chavan, appearing for the petitioner, had argued that the bungalow has historical significance as the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had also visited the bungalow.