Illegal constructions by Nirav Modi and others along Alibaug beach shock High Court

The Bombay High Court on Monday expressed disbelief on how fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi and many other individuals had been allowed to take up illegal constructions along the Alibaug beach in Raigad district, Maharashtra.

The court slammed authorities who had given permissions to such illegal constructions, saying that ignoring violations like that was nothing but complete non-application of mind.

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Illegal constructions by Nirav Modi and others along Alibaug beach – Beach Representative Image

The Bombay High Court ordered the Divisional Commissioner (DC), Konkan region, to launch an inquiry into how more than 160 illegal private structures were allowed to be built along the Alibaug beach.

A bench comprising Justices RI Chagla and AS Oka asked the divisional commissioner to file the inquiry report to the state revenue, principal secretary and forest departments within eight weeks.

It also ordered the Maharashtra government to submit an affidavit furnishing the inquiry findings and the remedial measures taken up by it.

The directions ordered by the Bombay High Court were part of the ruling made on Monday by the bench in connection with a petition submitted by activist Surendra Dhavale.

The activist’s plea appealed the court to order the authorities to demolish all unauthorized constructions inside the low and high tide areas across many villages in the coastal town of Alibaug.

As per the petition, such illegal constructions were executed by disregarding the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority rules and the land laws of the Maharashtra.

It alleged that there are close to 175 illegal private residences that have been built in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas in villages like Varsoli, Dokvade, Sasvane and Kolgaon in the Alibaug taluka. These private residences are owned by various rich personalities like Nirav Modi, many businessmen and also film actors.

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