Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court on Monday directed Amit Monserratte, son of Education Minister Babush Monserratte and petitioner S. P. Deshpande, former Chief Town Planner to appear before the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) within four weeks and further directed NGPDA to decide on the matter within a week thereafter.
It may be recalled that S. P. Deshpande had filed a petition before the High Court stating that Amit had encroached on the open space in front of his bungalow in Miramar. Deshpande also alleged that the encroachment is in plot No. 5 and plot No. 6, admeasuring an area of 900 sq m, which were earmarked as open spaces as per the planning rules.
Deshpande also stated that he had complained to authorities including municipality, PDA and TCP but nobody is willing to take action against it.
NGPDA informed that they had issued notice to Amit but he failed to appear before them.
However, NGPDA has said that after hearing Amit personally, they will decide on the matter.