Days before his retirement in March this year, former vice-president of the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (Mhada) Sambhaji Zende-Patil pronounced that a layout recreation ground (RG) in Juhu-Vile Parle Development Scheme was not a green space. Within two days, Mhada even signed a lease agreement for development of the plot as a residential complex.
This was not the only layout open space Mhada had opened for development. Another plot, also in JVPD, had been leased for development in 2015.
On Wednesday, the Bombay high court, while hearing two separate writ petitions which it clubbed together, quashed the March 21, 2017 order of Zende-Patil and the 2015 lease agreement of Mhada, terming them an “illegality” and “parting away with a gold mine giving enormous benefit to private parties without the public exchequer getting slightest benefit would come within the ambit of irrationality”. The VP’s order, it said, suffers on the ground of “procedural impropriety and is totally against public interest”.
Source: The Times of India
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