August 11, 2020
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'If  politicians are guilty, haul them in'

Irate at the builder mafia and officialdom, B.J. Divan, a former chief justice of the Gujarat High Court, decided to approach the courts which he once supervised. Excerpts from an exclusive interview:

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'If  politicians are guilty, haul them in'
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What are your views on the politician-builder nexus?
What was the impact fee all about? It would be interesting to see how many of those buildings that came up after the state government's order raising the floor space index have collapsed. The mafia has completely taken over this government's machinery.

What action should be taken?
Take deterrent action against all the officials involved. Can you just go on adding storeys without the tacit support and understanding of municipal and civic authorities? And if politicians are guilty, then the courts should haul them in as well.

Whom would you hold primarily responsible for the building collapses?
It is the system. Gujarat was rocked by a violent earthquake in 1956. The geological conditions of the place are well known. Since then, what action has been taken to see that anti-seismic material has been used for the construction of buildings?
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