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NGT issues arrest warrant against BJP MP Narayan Rane’s wife

The warrant was issued by the tribunal’s registrar general Mukesh Kumar Gupta with regards to the case relating to Bombay Environment Action Group vs Union of India & others. The Bombay Environmental Action Group’s (BEAG) project executive Hema Ramani had filed a petition in 2016 regarding alleged illegal constructions in the green zone of the Mahabaleshwar hill station in Satara district.

pune Updated: Jul 26, 2018 14:55 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,National Green Tribunal,Narayan Rane
The National Green Tribunal (NGT), principal bench, New Delhi, has issued a bailable arrest warrant against Nilima Rane, spouse of former Maharashtra chief minister and BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, Narayan Rane, along with 31 others for illegal constructions in the green zone area of Mahabaleshwar.(Hindustan Times)

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), principal bench, New Delhi, has issued a bailable arrest warrant against Nilima Rane, spouse of former Maharashtra chief minister and BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, Narayan Rane, along with 31 others for illegal constructions in the green zone area of Mahabaleshwar.

The warrant, issued on July 9, directed the Mahabaleshwar police to “arrest and bring the said Nilima Narayan Rane before the tribunal” as she had failed to honour the summons previously issued.

The warrant was issued by the tribunal’s registrar general Mukesh Kumar Gupta with regards to the case relating to Bombay Environment Action Group vs Union of India & others. The Bombay Environmental Action Group’s (BEAG) project executive Hema Ramani had filed a petition in 2016 regarding alleged illegal constructions in the green zone of the Mahabaleshwar hill station in Satara district.

The NGT had called for a detailed survey and report on the project from the Satara district collectorate which filed an interim report in December 2017 and the final report on May 22, 2018.

Reacting to the development, Narayan Rane told Hindustan Times that the NGT has issued the warrant without adequate information relating to the case.

“We had purchased a plot in survey number 109 in 1996 and we did not develop this plot. Even after our purchase, we have not visited that plot. I think the NGT has issued this warrant without seeking more information. We have conveyed our stand to the NGT and will attend the hearing scheduled on July 30,” Narayan said.

Satara deputy collector Asmita More said,”As of now, I cannot say how much illegal construction has been constructed by whom as we have received around 32 warrants.” She confirmed that a survey and final report was submitted to the NGT based on its guidelines. “I think these warrants were issued after a detailed study of that survey.”

First Published: Jul 26, 2018 14:36 IST