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Take possession and secure Adarsh apartments: SC to Centre
The Supreme Court of India in a significant ruling has put on hold the Bombay High Court's April order asking civic bodies to demolish Adarsh Housing Society. The apex court also asked the Centre to take possession and secure the 31-storey controversial apartments.

The verdict has come as a relief to the members of the society. Currently, the case is being investigated by the CBI .

A bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and AM Sapre said, "No demolition of Adarsh Society building for now.... There shall be no interim order... except the fact that the Government of India will take possession of the building in question within one week from today."

However, later it extended the time for taking over the possession of the building till August 5.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar assured the Center that the Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society will not be demolished, "We will secure the building and the land and there will be no demolition."

The 31-storey controversial Adarsh apartments in Colaba in south Mumbai were constructed for war veterans, but were grabbed by politicians, defence officers and bureaucrats.

In 2010, Ashok Chavan was forced to quit as Chief Minister in 2010, after it was alleged that three of his relatives had been given apartments in the building.

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