No one favours corruption. The Bombay High Court on last Friday ordered demolition of the 31-storey scam-tainted Adarsh apartments in the heart of Mumbai and sought criminal proceedings against politicians and bureaucrats for “misuse” of powers, holding that the tower was illegally constructed. Now, that is a lot of cement and steel and a huge multi-storeyed structure. If the High Court has found it to be a scam and now wishes to have the officers involved face criminal charges so that the anti-corruption message goes out strong and clear, so be it.
But where is the fault of the building? It is just standing tall and there will no economic benefit to the nation if it’s bulldozed to the ground besides adding a huge cloud of pollution and harassment to the neighbourhood.
Would it be less of a punishment if the Union Ministry of Defence takes over the building as is and then a panel was set up to allot the flats to the war widows for whom it was originally allotted? Take it away from the scam artists but don’t punish the building. We didn’t throw out the Bofors guns because of corruption. We used them effectively during Kargil war.
We would like to see the corrupt pay the price as much as would like to witness the war widows marching in and settling down. This will be our salute to the brave martyrs, who laid down their lives protecting the country. It also establishes a sensible precedent that illegal constructions will be taken away and made use of, not destroyed. It will be a justice for the corrupt to have to see the building prosper rather than turn it into rubble.