The Adarsh Housing Society, an illegal apartment building in Mumbai that became a symbol of political corruption, must be demolished, the Bombay High Court said .
The court has given 12 weeks for any challenge to its order in the Supreme Court before the building is razed.
Adarsh is a 31-story building in Colaba in south Mumbai whose apartments were intended for war veterans but were grabbed by politicians, defence officers and bureaucrats.
Congress’ Ashok Chavan was forced to quit as Chief Minister in 2010 after it was revealed that three of his relatives had also been given apartments in the building.
The court has asked the Centre and Maharashtra to “consider civil and criminal action against ministers, politicians and bureaucrats involved.” The case is being investigated by the CBI.