The public interest litigation, filed by local residents Abhijit Satyavan Desai and Prakash Bhagat, alleges rampant destruction of forest, especially in the notified eco-sensitive zone adjoining the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary in Netravali village in Sanguem taluka, by the Hideaway Hospitality, a company owned by Abhijat.
"I say that the present PIL is a politically-motivated petition and has been filed on the eve of elections to get political mileage in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. The petition smacks of malice," Abhijat said in his submission to court.
He told the court that he had all valid permissions for the project and claimed that petitioner Abhijit Desai was part of the committee which gave the approvals.
He told the court that the petitioner had criminal cases against him and it appeared that he wanted these withdrawn in return for not pursuing the present petition.
The next hearing has been fixed for April 22.
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