Principal Pune district and sessions judge Anand Badar, on Thursday, in an interim order, directed the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) to allow SGS Mall on Molendina Road in Pune Camp, which was sealed on Tuesday, to run again. It also ordered SGS Infratech Limited that runs the mall to deposit thrice the amount of property tax assessed by the PCB, in the court. The interim order was passed after Infratech Limited moved the court, seeking directions to remove the seals.
“The PCB or its representatives are restricted from entering into the said property (mall) until further orders. The SGS Infratech Limited is directed to deposit in this court thrice the amount of property tax assessed by PCB on its property prior to triennial revision of assessment from April 2008 to March 2011 (i.e. at old rates) for the years 2010-11 to 2011-12 forthwith,” the judge stated in his order.
The matter will come up for hearing on Friday.
On Tuesday afternoon, the PCB had forced the mall to shut down, citing non-payment of property tax amounting to Rs 6.13 crore by various shops in the mall. PCB revenue officials raided the mall for recovery of property tax and asked people to leave. All shops in the mall downed shutters as the officers went around the mall requesting customers to leave.
The PCB had filed a petition in this regard in the Bombay High Court on February 8 this year which gave the ruling in favour of the PCB. “We received the decree on Tuesday following which the mall was sealed. The High Court had further referred the matter to the district court,” said a PCB official.