FPL Legal | Malad building collapse: Justice J P Devdhar requests time till June 28 to finish enquiry
Photo Credit: AFP

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni on Thursday adjourned the hearing till June 29 in a suo motu PIL pertaining to illegal constructions in the city and other districts across Maharashtra.

The bench deferred the hearing on request of Justice (retd.) J P Devdhar, who is holding an enquiry into the tragic mishap of building collapse in Malwani in suburban Malad wherein 12 people including six children died.

When the matter was called out for hearing on Thursday, CJ Datta, who had appointed Justice Devdhar to conduct a judicial enquiry into the incident on the last hearing, said that the judge had sought some extra time.

"Justice Devdhar needs more time to complete the enquiry. He said that the civic authorities are yet to furnish the vital information he has asked for," CJ Datta said, adding, "Justice Devdhar has sought time till June 28 to complete the enquiry. Thus, we keep the hearing on June 29."

Meanwhile, senior counsel Sharan Jagtiani, who is assisting the court in the suo motu PIL told the bench that he would submit his note on the legal point as to whether the BMC has any role to take action against such structures standing on Collector's land.

Further, senior counsel Anil Sakhare for the BMC submitted the transcripts of the interview of Mayor Kishori Pednekar, who reportedly told a news channel that the BMC's hands are tied (in taking action against illegal structures) because of the protective orders passed by courts.

Notably, the bench led by CJ Datta had taken exception to Mayor Pednekar's comment and had observed that it doesn't look good on her part to blame courts.

Matter would be next hard on June 29.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal