February 26, 2013 3:02:46 am
Navi Mumbai police have registered an FIR against the director of Tunga Regency Hotel in Vashi after allegations that the hotel got plans approved for its parking area on an adjoining CIDCO plot in an unauthorised manner.
The CBD police station also named a CIDCO official,A V Kadam,in its FIR. Kadam,however,had passed away while he was in service. The statement pertaining to the registration of the FIR was made before the Bombay High Court on February 21,in the course of a public interest litigation filed in the matter by a Vashi-based activist,Sandeep Thakur.
The FIR has been filed under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to criminal breach of trust by public servant,cheating and criminal conspiracy. The state government also told the High Court that the case will be examined further to consider whether additional offences can be applied on the basis of the case made out in the FIR.
Thakur,in his petition,has questioned whether a provision for parking for a hotel can be allowed on a plot outside the hotel premises.
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On February 18,the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had told the court that Kadam had approved the plans for parking of the hotel,without authority to do so. In an earlier hearing,a division bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and K K Tated observed that prima facie,this gives rise to criminal action against the concerned official of CIDCO and also to enquire whether the act of commission or omission of the official of CIDCO was the product of some conspiracy and involvement of other persons. The court had then asked the CIDCO managing director to report the matter to the local police,and asked the police to proceed in the matter in accordance with law.
The judges had taken note of a letter dated May 7 2008,sent by the Manager (Town Services),CIDCO to the town planner of the NMMC,in which CIDCO had said that approval of the plan for the parking was given without authority.
The hearing of the PIL was adjourned on Monday as no police officer was present in court to instruct the public prosecutor. The case has now been placed for hearing on Tuesday.
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