After the Bombay High Court expressed unhappiness over the state government’s response to demolition and re-construction of Mazgaon Court and asked the state to review its stand, the government said it would commence the work of demolition of the building in 10 days.
Justice S C Dharmadhikari and G S Kulkarni were hearing a matter where the Bar association of Mazgaon Court sought directions for expeditious construction and disbursal of funds for restoration of the court building.
In the affidavit filed by the state, it informed the court that it had made a total outlay of Rs 491 crore for court infrastructure this financial year. “We want to convey the seriousness of the government’s intention in this matter. The work relating to Mazgaon court will not suffer due to lack of funds,” said Acting Advocate General Rohit Deo, further stating that an amount of Rs 29 crore had already been allocated for Mazgaon Court. “The work will be completed in the financial year 2019-20,” he added.
The court,however, said the affidavit showed no hope of any work on the ground commencing till August 2017. “When will you float tenders required for demolition of the building? Do you need to carry out inauguration for carrying out demolition too? No one is going to oppose demolition of the building,” said Justice Dharmadhikari.