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HC seeks Maha govt stand on plea against Shivaji memorial

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The Bombay High Court today sought the Maharashtra government’s stand on a plea against the proposed Rs 3,600 crore Shivaji memorial in the Arabian Sea.

A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarani asked the government to file an affidavit within three weeks detailing its stand on the plea against the government’s plan to build a 192-metre high statue of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the Arabian Sea.

The affidavit should respond to every contention raised in the petition, including the funds, the bench said.

The plea filed by one Mohan Binde, a charted accountant, has challenged the construction of the memorial contending that government’s decision to spend Rs 3,600 crore on the project is illogical and uncalled for.

The proposed budget for the said project is about Rs 3,600 crore. Merely for inaugurating the opening ceremony, the state government spent Rs 77 crore, the petition said.

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