THE Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s (BARC) two employees Prakash Worlikar and Ram Dhuri, on Monday approached the Bombay High Court, requesting to stop the auction of the heritage bungalow belonging to the father of atomic energy Dr Home Jehangir Bhabha. Even the employees have approached industrialist Ratan Tata, to save the landmark three-storey bungalow from going under the hammer.
The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sonak, posted the hearing to June 23.
According to petition Worlikar and Dhuri are members of the National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees (NFAEE). They have also petitioned an online petition to prevent the auction which is scheduled on June 18.
The bungalow, Mehrangir, located at the posh Malabar Hill in South Mumbai, having a built-up area of 13,953 square feet lies on a plot measuring 17,150 square feet.
Bungalow is currently under the custody of National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) and attracts a reserve price of Rs.257 crore.
Worlikar and Dhuri also pleaded that the bungalow should be a nuclear exhibition centre or Museum be housed inside.