Alleging that reconstruction was not being done as per the plans, a PIL today urged the Bombay High Court to direct the State Government to stay renovation work at Mantralaya which was ravaged by a major fire in June 2012, killing three and injuring 15 persons.

The PIL, filed by RTI activist Ganesh Pawar, contended that a major fire had devastated the Mantralaya building in South Mumbai and the State had drawn up plans to reconstruct the structure at a huge cost running into several crores of rupees.

However, the renovation work was a mere “sham” as it was not being down as per the plans drawn up by the authorities. Public money was going down the drain and into the pockets of vested interests, the PIL alleged.

Although, the Government is yet to file a reply to the petition, prosecutor Sandeep Shinde denied the allegations and said the State would give a befitting reply.

When the PIL came up today for hearing, a bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil adjourned the matter for two weeks as the petitioner was not present.( PTI).

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