Mumbai, March 8: Absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi's seaside bungalow was demolished on Friday using controlled blasting said Raigad District Collector Vijay Suryawanshi. A video of the controlled blasting was also shared by news agency ANI. This action comes after the sprawling seaside mansion Roopanya in Raigad district's Alibaug was declared illegally build and it had flouted environmental norm. Bank Fraud Case: ED Attaches Properties of Nirav Modi Worth Rs 147 Crore.
Collector Suryawanshi told PTI that it was razed controlled blasting. The senior IAS official had issued the razing orders after the ED (Enforcement Directorate) handed over the property situated in Raigad district, over 90 km from Mumbai. On Tuesday, excavators were used to make space for fixing the detonators. A special technical team was called to fix them. Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi to be Extradited Before 2019 Lok Sabha Elections?
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Last year, the Maharashtra government had written to ED, which had sealed Roopanya, seeking permission to destroy the multi-crore property on Kihim beach. The accessories collected from the mansion will be up for auction. Seized items including a Buddha statue, a jacuzzi and a chandelier will be handed over to ED, said district collector.
The demolition work started on January 25, 2019, but it was time-consuming because of RCC construction. Later, engineers from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technical University (BATU) conducted a survey and gave their nod for demolition using controlled blasting. Nirav Modi's mansion was seized by ED following his involvement in Rs 13000 crore Punjab National Bank fraud case.