Bombay High Court will hear a public interest litigation against Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society on December 2. The case was filed by social worker Santosh Daundkar.
He sought orders to reduce building’s height from 104.6 m to 30 m, alleging that permission to raise the height was wrongly granted. Daundkar claimed that then civic chief Jairaj Phatak abused his powers by sanctioning the height increase.
Phatak’s son Kanishka has a flat in Adarsh. Many politicians, senior bureaucrats and their relatives also figure in the list of flat-owners.
The case alleged that the initial plans were for constructing a maximum of 27 floors with a height of 97.6 m. It added that in August 2007 Phatak approved a decision of the High Rise Committee to raise the height to 97.6 m. Development Control Rules of 1967 permit construction only up to 30 m.
A month later, Phatak, alleged Daundkar granted permission to raise the height to 104.6 m. “…The statutory authority abdicated its accountability,” he alleged.
“One of the most blatant cases of abuse of official authority took place; a municipal commissioner transgressed and abused his powers to favour a society in which his son was getting a flat costing R7.5 crore for just 5 per cent of the market value.”