The Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai, which has been at the Centre of a massive political corruption scandal since 2000, has to be demolished, the Bombay High Court ruled on Friday. The court also asked that action be taken against the bureaucrats and politicians who allowed the construction of the building, which violated several norms including environmental rules.
The 31-storey building in the upscale Colaba area was meant for army veterans and war widows, but the plush flats were given to several top politicians, bureaucrats and their families. A judicial committee set up to investigate the scam found that at least 25 of the houses went to ineligible people and 22 were sold under proxy names. When the scandal broke in 2010, Congress leader and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was forced to resign as it came to light that three of his relatives had homes in the building. In February, Maharashtra Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation to prosecute Chavan in the case.
Here's an explainer on the Adarsh case's twists and turns.