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Hiranandani cannot build low-cost houses on open spaces, says HC

Accepting the plea raised by the eight societies against Lakeview Developers, the Bombay HC passed an interim order against Hiranandani Developers to stop its ongoing construction work

 

The Bombay High Court has stopped the Hiranandani Developers group’s plans of constructing low- cost housing on land parcels earmarked as "open space" for eight societies constructed between 1995 and 2007.
 
Justice Gautam Patel, accepting the plea raised by the eight societies against Lakeview Developers, passed an interim order against the developer to stop ongoing construction work, if any; not to utilise FSI of the open plots concerned; and not to create any third party rights in the proposed construction work. Lakeview Developers is a firm run by Niranjan Hiranandani and his family members.
 
The societies contended that the designated open space was covered under the Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act, which meant that it belonged to societies and that the developer could not make any alterations without societies' permission.
 
The societies alleged that the Hiranandanis have ample open space available at their disposal in the area, but are seeking to leave those open spaces for their "free sale" component instead of constructing the "low-cost housing" component over there.
 
It may be recalled that the Hiranandani Group had signed a lease for developing 230 acres of land in 1986 in a tripartite agreement with the State and the MMRDA at a paltry rate of 40 paise per acre to build affordable houses.
 

 

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Delhi HC issue notices to Centre, IB on Greenpeace activist’s plea

On Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai’s plea seeking direction to the concerned authorities to expunge the endorsements made while offloading her from the flight by immigration officials on 11th January, the HC issued notices

 

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response of the Centre on the plea of Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai against her “offloading” from a flight to London at the Delhi airport.
 
Justice Rajiv Shakdher also issued notice to Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Immigration Department seeking their responses on Pillai’s plea terming the “offloading” act as illegal and a violation of her basic rights to personal liberty and freedom of speech.
 
The court notices were issued on the activist’s plea seeking direction to the concerned authorities to expunge the endorsements made while offloading her from the flight by immigration officials on 11th January, while she was on the way to London to make a presentation before British MPs, regarding alleged human rights violation at Mahan in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The court, meanwhile, has also directed the counsel appearing for the respondents to take instructions on Pillai’s interim application seeking permission to travel to United Kingdom on February 11, for the same cause.
 
“Issue notice to the respondents Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), IB and Immigration Department. Reply be filed in one week. Rejoinder by the petitioner (Priya Pillai) before 6th February,” the court said, adding that at least the counsel for government should get instruction on the petitioner’s trip, scheduled for 11th February.
 
Senior advocate Indira Jaising appearing for the activist also requested the court to quash the lookout circular issued against her by MHA.
 
Jaising contended that debarring the activist from going abroad is a deliberate attempt to malign her reputation and an illegal act by the government agencies on the basis of a flawed circular issued by MHA.
 
She submitted that the circular had no legal basis as Pillai has neither been convicted in any case, nor has she ever evaded arrest or trial.
 

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Shiv Sena says delete ‘secular’ & 'socialist' words from Constitution

Shiv Sena said if the words, secular and socialist, were deleted from the Republic Day advertisement by mistake this time, they should be deleted from the Constitution permanently

 

A day after row erupted over a Republic Day advertisement of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded permanent deletion of the words ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’ from the Constitution.
 
“We welcome the exclusion of the (secular and socialist) words from the Republic Day advertisement. Though it might have been done inadvertently, it is like honouring the feelings of the people of India. If these words were deleted by mistake this time, they should be deleted from the Constitution permanently,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.
 
An acrimonious war of words had broken out between political parties Tuesday when an advertisement issued by the I&B Ministry carried a picture of the Preamble to the Constitution as it appeared before the 42nd Amendment, without the words ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’.
 
Raut said, “From the time they (the words) were included in the Constitution, it is being said that this country can never be secular. Balasaheb Thackeray and before him Veer Savarkar had been saying that India was divided on the lines of religion. Pakistan was created for Muslims, thus, what remains is a Hindu Rashtra”.
 
The minority community has been used only for political gains, while Hindus are being continuously disrespected, he alleged.
 
“It is nowhere written in the Constitution that you mete out such treatment to Hindus and use Muslims to garner votes,” he said.
 
“This mistake on the part of the government has happened only because destiny wants this to happen. Modi is the Prime Minister of India, and his thoughts on Hindutva are strong,” the Sena leader said.
 
Congress leader Manish Tewari on Tuesday had attacked the Centre on the issue, claiming the government advertisement “deleted” the two words, which was only a prelude to their “substitution” with “communal” and “corporate“.
 
Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore, however, was quick to dismiss the charge, saying his ministry had only used an “original” picture of the Preamble as it appeared before the Amendment, to “honour” the first Preamble.
 
The Union Minister also claimed that the same picture had been used in an advertisement by the I&B Ministry in April 2014. Tewari had helmed the ministry at that time.
 
The advertisement showed a picture of the Preamble in the background with a quote from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pictures of some citizens in the foreground.
 

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