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Gorai plot is for law school, not for the airport authority, says Bombay high court

Mumbai city news: The bench restrained revenue authorities from proceeding ahead with the proposal to handover major part of the land to AAI

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2017 00:20 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
Kanchan Chaudhari
Hindustan Times
Jahagirdar pointed out that the state government has allotted the 60 acre plot for setting up Mumbai campus of MNLU in June 2016.
Jahagirdar pointed out that the state government has allotted the 60 acre plot for setting up Mumbai campus of MNLU in June 2016.(HT.)

The Bombay high court has stopped revenue authorities from giving the Airports Authority of India (AAI) a major part of a plot in Gorai that has already been allotted for a law university.

The court said authorities should not proceed with a proposal to give 40 of the 60-acre plot at Gorai that was allotted for the Mumbai campus of the Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU).

“The permanent establishment of the proposed university will not see the light of the day in near future, if this is allowed,” said a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Nitin Jamdar.

While restraining the authories, the bench said the allotment had already been made for the campus and only formalities and the handing over of the plat remained. 

The comment came after senior advocate YS Jahagirdar, who represented MNLU, told the bench the university ad received a letter from the collector of the Mumbai suburban district, asking them to be present when the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) proposes to allot 40 acres of the land to AAI. 

Jahagirdar said the state government allotted the 60-acre plot for setting up the campus in June 2016, and a year later, MMRDA has come up with a proposal to allot more than half of it for a radio receiving station.

He was responding to a public interest litigation filed by another advocate Pradip Havnur that complained that no concrete steps were being taken to hand over the plot to MNLU. 

Havnur filed his PIL last year, and complained that while 60 acres was given by the government by a resolution on June 10, 2016 for a permanent campus of the university, no concrete measures to hand over the plot had been taken. Havnur said this raised serious doubts about the progress of building the university. 

Havnur said he came across MNLU’s status in December last year, when he visited the campus of the Tata Institute of Social Science at Chembur.

He said he noticed the Maharashtra National Law University was operating from a temporary transit-type ground-plus-one structure.

Havnur has contended that the National Law Universities Act, 2014 was enacted to establish National Law Universities in states for the development and advancement of legal education and to imparting specialised and systematic instructions, training and research in law.

He pointed out that under the enactment, it was the state government’s duty to extend financial and other support to these universities.

He therefore sought a direction to the Maharashtra government to hand over the entire 60-acre plot at Gorai to MNLU at the earliest and make adequate financial provision to set up the campus.


First Published: Jun 09, 2017 00:20 IST

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