20/01/2016 9:13 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Bombay High Court Orders Demolition Of Illegal Shrines By May 2016

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Mumbai High Court near the southern end of the city of Mumbai (Bombay).

MUMBAI -- The Bombay High Court asked the Maharashtra Government to strictly follow its commitment of demolishing illegal shrines in the state which have come up after 2009.

A bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka also ordered the state government to file an affidavit by 15 February, on compliance of a previous High Court order asking the authorities to demolish the illegal shrines in Maharashtra within six months.

The bench warned that any laxity on its part would be viewed seriously.

Following the High Court directive, the state government had assured the Court that the state would ensure demolition of all illegal shrines by the month of May. Government's counsel said that 881 shrines have been identified in the state as illegal, and of them, 41 structures have been demolished. The matter will come up to further hearing on 18 February.

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