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Bombay High Court issues Notice on PIL filed by Abha Singh challenging Illegal Land Allotment

Mumbai: The Bombay high court has issued a notice to the state government to file its reply to the petition filed by Abha Singh alleging misuse of 20 acres of land at BKC costing Rs 5,000 crores. The petition also sought that state should take back that land and use it for public interest.

On Thursday, during the hearing, the state lawyer sought time to file its reply. The court then irked by the approach of the state asked advocate general to remain present during the next hearing.

According to the petition, in the year 1969 state government had decided to use the land for a drive-in-theatre. Petition stated that while floating tenders the state mentioned that “the user of the plot will be for a drive-in-theatre and amenities only and for no other purpose”.

Abha Singh

Abha Singh is a former civil servant and presently an advocate practicing in the Bombay High Court. She is a renowned social activist who has done considerable work in the realm of woman’s rights, gender equality and justice. She has done an M.Phil on Child Rights from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Abha Singh was the third runner-up and the lead woman finalist in the Times of India Lead India Campaign in 2008. She was further awarded the Chevening Scholarship to attend the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her talk ‘Honour Killings in India and the Legal Complications of Section 498A” at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London received widespread acclaim. Abha Singh was also invited as a speaker at TEDx Oxbridge, conducted jointly by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in May, 2017. Sensing the call of duty beyond service, she gave up a successful career in the Government to serve a larger cause by donning the robes of the legal profession. Abha Singh obtained a law degree from Bombay University while working as a Government. Abha Singh took up the case of the two Palghar girls in right earnest when she learnt about their unlawful arrest by the Police for innocent comments on Facebook. Due to her perseverance the guilty cops were suspended and the girls were exonerated honorably. Abha Singh has been successfully pursuing the Salman Khan Hit-and-Run case to ensure that the rule of law is upheld and the youth are educated against the hazards of drunken driving.

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