The Bombay High Court Monday directed the Defence Ministry to probe whether the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa area compromised the security of Colaba Military Station (CMS) in Mumbai in lieu of allotment of flats in the nearby Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society.
The Army had sought demolition of the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society, contending that it posed a security threat as the building overlooks “almost the entire Colaba Military Station”. The Society had sought dismissal of the petition contending that the Army had “never raised any objection to the construction of the building…record shows that from 2003 to 2011 the only objection raised by the petitioner was as regards personnel who would become members of the society and only wanted to verify antecedents and credentials of the members…”
Hearing the petition, filed by the Army in 2012, the Division Bench of Justices Ranit More and R G Ketkar said, “The Ministry of Defence should order an in-depth inquiry for finding reasons on part of its officers for not instituting a writ petition at the earliest available opportunity, as also finding out whether these GOCs compromised with security of CMS in lieu of allotment of flats in the building.”
The Army had contended that the GOCs between 1999 and July 13, 2010 and their family members were allotted flats in Adarsh building.
The court said: “We do not intend to comment on the role of these officers, as they are not made a party to the petition. But the Army must initiate an inquiry and find out whether the GOCs between 1999 and July 13, 2010 compromised with the security of CMS in lieu of allotment of flats…”