Mumbai: The Raigad Collectorate is likely to start demolishing PNB fraud accused diamantaire Nirav Modi‘s seaside 20,000 sq ft bungalow in Alibaug. Demolition is likely to begin the next week and it will take at least four days to complete.
The administration has begun organising heavy machinery to carry out the demolition. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has handed it over to Raigad Collectorate for the same after stripping the property of all its valuables. Earlier, the ED had attached the bungalow in Rs 13,000 crore PNB fraud case. The bungalow was declared illegal by the collector’s office following an investigation.
Last month, the state government had told the Bombay High Court that it had ordered demolition of the illegal bungalow built along the beach. The government counsel told the court 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.
The state filed an affidavit in the court stating that orders to demolish Modi’s illegal bungalow had 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 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”.