Environmentalist and founder member of Bombay Environmental Action Group Debi Goenka has approached the Bombay High Court seeking the quashing of an FIR lodged against him for trespassing, assault and criminal intimidation.
On May 24, one Ketan Shah, proprietor of Ravi Jyot Finance, had lodged an FIR against Goenka and his associate Stallion for allegedly trespassing on his property. Goenka has said in his petition that he and some government officers had gone to a plot of land at Borivli (E), which is covered with mangroves, for inspection.
The land is owned by Kamathias, said Goenka. Shah claimed he had bought the plot. The HC in October 2005 had stayed all construction activities in and around mangrove areas.
Shah approached the Supreme Court early this year seeking permission to repair an embankment. The SC granted permission but clarified that no other work was to be done.
On May 3, Goenka went to conduct a survey and alleged that mangroves were being destroyed. During another survey on May 18, Goenka took some pictures. He alleged that some goons of the developer attacked them and snatched his camera.
Goenka has lodged a complaint for the same with the MHB Colony police station. Shah then filed the FIR on May 24.