Bombay HC Issues Notice to Manohar Parrikar’s Son Over Destruction of Forest Areas For Building Resort
The plea filed against him also alleges that the BJP-led govt in Goa passed an ordinance to fast-track facilitation of the resort
The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court on February 12 reportedly issued notices to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar‘s son Abhijat Parrikar, in connection with a petition filed against him for alleged destruction of forested areas for the construction of an eco-resort.
According to an IANS report, Abhijat and other respondents — the state Chief Secretary, Secretary Environment and Forests, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests among others — have until March 11 to respond to the notice. Justices Mahesh Sonak and Prithviraj Chavan head the division bench.
The notice was issued based on a petition filed by Abhijit Desai, the deputy sarpanch of the Netravali panchayat, on February 4, seeking a stay on the construction of a resort near the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary in South Goa. As per the plea, a vast forest area was destroyed and several by-laws have been passed to facilitate the construction of the resort.
The plea also alleges that an ordinance was especially moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in the state to fast-track facilitation of the 90,000 square meters-Hideaway Hospitality resort.
The petition has catalysed a scuffle between the Congress party and the state government, with the Congress alleging that three successive BJP-led governments had indulged in nepotism. The party also alleged that facilitation of illegalities in the project, right from its inception since 2013 by the BJP government.