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Nirav Modi’s illegal bungalow in Alibaug to be razed, Maharashtra government tells Bombay High Court

Nirav Modi, Nirav Modi bungalow, Nirav Modi alibaugh bungalow, Nirav Modi house, Nirav Modi alibaugh house, Nirav Modi house razedThe state filed an affidavit in the court
stating that orders to demolish Modi’s illegal bungalow have
been issued.

The Maharashtra government has told the Bombay High Court that
it has ordered demolition of fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi’s
illegal bungalow built along the beach at Alibaug in adjoining
Raigad district. Government counsel advocate P B Kakade told a
bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice M S Karnik on
Thursday that it had served demolition notices to another 58
private properties in the area constructed in violation of the
state’s rules and coastal zone norms. He made the submissions
in compliance with a previous order of the bench which had
directed the government to submit details of action taken and
pending litigation concerning the illegal private constructions
along the beaches in Alibaug, a coastal town popular with
weekend tourists.

The state filed an affidavit in the court stating that orders
to demolish Modi’s illegal bungalow have been issued. It also
said 58 other properties were served with the demolition notice
on December 4, and their owners asked to raze all illegal
structures within a week. In the affidavit, the state submitted
that the owners of around 61 such illegal private structures
had managed to get stay orders on demolition from local civil
courts.

However, it was planning to initiate legal action to get the
stay orders lifted, the government submitted. The bench took
note of the state’s submissions and scheduled the matter for
further hearing on December 20. It was hearing a petition filed
by activist Surendra Dhavale. The plea had sought that the
court direct the authorities to demolish all unauthorised
constructions “within the low and high tide areas” in several
villages in Alibaug.

As per the petition, such constructions had been carried out in
violation of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority
rules and the state’s land laws. It said there are around 175
such private residences in coastal regulation zone areas in
villages such as Varsoli, Sasvane, Kolgaon and Dokvade, among
others, belonging to many “wealthy persons, including Modi, and
several businessmen and film actors”. Modi, a key accused in
the USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank fraud case, has fled the
country.

The fugitive diamantaire’s bungalow will be demolished soon,
Kakade told PTI. “The bungalow has been attached by the
Enforcement Directorate and we have issued a demolition notice
for the structure. We will carry out the demolition soon,” he
said. A senior official told PTI later on Thursday that orders
have been conveyed to the Raigad sub-divisional officer to
demolish Modi’s bungalow.

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