PIL on encroachments by minister: HC seeks govt reply
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The Bombay High Court on Friday asked the state government to file reply to a PIL alleging encroachments made by Minister Ganesh Naik and a private trust run by his nephews on the state-owned land valued at over Rs 200 crore in Navi Mumbai.
Justices Ashok Bhangale and A M Khanwilkar asked the government and other respondents to file affidavits in reply by April 5. The bench posted the matter for hearing on April 16.
Besides the state government, other respondents are MIDC, CIDCO, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Minister of Excise and Non-Conventional Energy Ganesh Naik, Bavkhaleshwar Mandir Trust and its trustee Santosh Tandel.
The petitioners, producing a letter by MIDC to one Haribhau Mhatre, alleged that Naik had encroached upon and occupied MIDC property of about 1.45 lakh sq m with 1.32 lakh sq m of open space and 12,600 sq m of industrial plots at Trans-Thane creek area at Pawne.
It was alleged that Naik, Guardian Minister for Thane district, had also encroached upon CIDCO land of 5,600 sq m by building a bungalow — Glass House — on it.
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