Vacation plans of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who will spend the New Year's eve in Mussoorie along with his family and close aides, has become embroiled in a controversy.
The Master Blaster is reportedly staying at the Dahlia Bank – a property which according to officials of Landour Cantonment is unauthorised and for which demolition orders have been issued recently.
Sachin and his family have been coming to Mussoorie to celebrate the New Year since the past several years.
Up in the mountains for a winter break. Unbelievably cold here. Absolutely Freezing!! pic.twitter.com/pMucA31Ipr— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 24, 2014
glorious day, beauty of nature, ek selfie to banta hain!! pic.twitter.com/nOd2gYKkqs— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 25, 2014
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Ajit B Reddy, CEO of Landour Cantonment, said the construction activities at Dahlia Bank were unauthorised and the matter was pending in the Supreme Court.
"In addition to the ongoing case in the Supreme Court, on 10th November, 2014 demolition orders for various buildings at Dahlia Bank had also been issued by the Landour Cantonment and this matter was in the high court of Uttarakhand," said Reddy.
Reddy also said the Institute of Technology Management (ITM) was located in the cantonment and that for all new constructions within 50 metres from the outer parapit of ITM a no objection certificate (NOC) had to be obtained from the ministry of defence. He said Dahlia Bank has not obtained the NOC.
Sanjay Narang – a close aide of Sachin and owner of Dahlia Bank – told HT the property was constructed after seeking due permission from the authorities and that the high court has already granted a stay against the demolition orders.
Narang also said the construction at Dahlia Bank had been duly sanctioned by the Landour Cantonment Board in 2012.
Regarding the NOC, Narang clarified that the ITM had written to him that it was not their prerogative to give the certificate and that he should contact the Defense Estates Officer (DEO) or the CEO of Landour Cantonment for the same and that he had obtained their approval.
"Later a RTI reply revealed that the NOC of ITM was not required as Dahlia Bank is located much more than 50 metres from ITM," said Narang.