Har Siddhi Heights, the Worli high-rise with influential bureaucrats and police officers as members, was constructed despite two stop-work notices issued from the state.
The 18-storey building is under the scanner of the Bombay high court after the Navy moved court seeking it be demolished since it was too close to its naval base, INS Trata.
The high court recently stayed the sale of flats in the building. The building does not have the mandatory coastal clearance and may soon face action from the state coastal body for this.
The tower, developed under the slum rehabilitation scheme on an encroached municipal plot, has relatives of former chief secretary RM Prem Kumar and former finance secretary OP Gehrotra, former joint municipal commissioner Satish Bhide, energy secretary Subrat Ratho and activist and lawyer YP Singh among its members.
The Navy had first objected to the building in May 2005. It had written to the slum rehabilitation authority (SRA) and then chief secretary, to order the construction of the building to stop because it did not have a No-Objection certificate (NOC) from the Navy.
In September 2005, the SRA issued stop-work orders to Prithvi Constructions, the developers of the building. In May 2006, the building proposal department revoked the building's commencement certificate. In 2008, the urban development department (UDD) directed the SRA to not grant the building an occupation certificate until it gets an NOC from the Navy.
Despite this, the building was constructed. The UDD, in its final order in 2008, had recommended that the Navy buy the building to house its staff.
YP Singh said Har Siddhi Heights was being dragged into the case because he had filed the petition against Adarsh society and two other high-rises and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the role of defence officials in these cases. "There is another tower just 12m from the gun mount in the naval base, but no action has been taken. There is no law mandating a naval NOC," Singh said.
Singh said the building had utilised minimal floor space index of 1.2 so there was no violation. "If Har Siddhi is demolished under CRZ norms, another hundred buildings can face similar action for violating laws."