SC grants last chance to Mah to remove Haji Ali encroachments

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2017 08:49:20



THE Supreme Court on Monday gave the last opportunity to the Maharashtra Government and warned it of serious consequences if squatters from 908 square metre area near the historic Haji Ali Dargah shrine in south Mumbai are not removed in two weeks.

The bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud also warned authorities that non-compliance of its order on removal of encroachments will invite “serious consequences” and asked the Deputy Collector of Colaba zone to remain present on the next date of hearing.

The bench made it clear that the encroachments have to be removed within two weeks from Monday from the 908 square metre area earmarked in the Bombay High Court order.
“It is our direction. You have the Bombay High Court order, supported by the Supreme Court. Comply with it or serious consequences will follow,” it said asking the Deputy Collector of Colaba zone to personally appear on next date of hearing.
“You will be personally held accountable,” the bench told the officer who was present in the courtroom. The bench asked the Government to remove encroachments as mentioned in the notice issued on March 22.