The Morning Wrap: Maharashtra Junks Mumbai Redevelopment Plan; With A Pen Stroke Chief Justice Resurrects Dead Man

22/04/2015 8:55 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
A view of the Taj Mahal hotel, which was one of the sites of the Mumbai terror attack, in Mumbai, India, Friday, April 10, 2015. A Pakistani court on Thursday, April 9, 2015, ordered the release of the main suspect Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in the 2008 Mumbai attacks for the second time in less than a month, a defense lawyer said. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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Maharashtra today junked an ambitious urban land use and redevelopment plan after five years of consultations with all stakeholders. Critics have said that the plan envisaged Mumbai’s future as a fictional, gloomy ‘Gotham city.’

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Chief Justice of India H L Dattu was momentarily baffled by 65-year-old petitioner Gulshan Kumar, who had been declared ‘dead’ six years ago. With a single stroke of his pen, however, Dattu made him ‘alive’ again.


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