HC tells police to probe, make arrests in Khar society case

Lawyers for residents of Ganeshkripa society in Khar said, on Wednesday, that the high court had ordered the police to investigate and take action against those accused of forging documents for the slum rehabilitation project. 

“A division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and AR Joshi ordered the investigating officer senior police inspector Prashant Bagade to investigate the case, including the arrest of the 11 accused committee members and four members of construction company Shivalik Ventures, and record the residents’ statements within 15 days,” said lawyers from the Human Rights Law Network.

Residents had lodged a First Information Report at Nirmal Nagar police station in September 2010 against the society committee members and builders alleging that they had forged signatures on the consent letter in order to implement a slum rehabilitation scheme.

When asked, Bagade said he had not received any order from the court.

Prakash Azgaonkar of Shivalik Ventures said, “We came into the picture only two years ago. We are not to be blamed.”

Although the high court asked for an investigation, there is no relief to residents against demolition. “Demolition will continue till all structures are demolished as per the order,” said P Rokde, deputy collector.

Fourteen houses were demolished on Wednesday. But, instead of loud protests, seven residents of the society went on a hunger strike.

 

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