New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Centre to take possession of the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in Mumbai.

A bench comprising justices J. Chelameswar and Abhay Manohar Sapre gave the Centre a week’s time to do so.

“We will not permit you to deal with the land anymore," the court told the housing society. However, the court indicated that the housing society will not be demolished till further orders.

The Bombay high court on 30 April had directed the Union environment ministry to demolish the controversial Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society building in Mumbai’s Cuffe Parade area, at the expense of the housing society. However, the court also gave 12 weeks’ time to the society to file an appeal before the apex court.

The court also told the Maharashtra government to initiate criminal and civil proceedings against politicians and bureaucrats involved in the case for violation of rules.

The high court, in giving its verdict, upheld an order passed by the Union environment ministry in January 2011, holding the Adarsh society guilty of violation of environmental laws, including the Coastal Regulation Zone rules.

The ministry had ordered the demolition of the Adarsh apartment block, built in violation of environmental rules and where flats meant for the relatives of defence personnel who died in the Kargil conflict were illegally allotted to and acquired by politicians and bureaucrats.

The case will be heard next on 5 August.

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