Mumbai: In a bid to give tough lesson against malpractices, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to follow the action of the Bihar government which started a school at corrupt IAS officer’s residence.

The PMC will take possession of multi-storey building constructed by the son-in-law of former Chief Minister Manohar Joshi and start a school in it.

During the tenure of Joshi, the land earmarked for school building was illegally allotted to his son-in-law following which the former CM had to step down.

Social worker Vijay Kumbhar had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against the allotment of the land to Joshi’s son-in-law Girish Vyas.

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray had issued directions, after which Joshi had to resign as the CM on January 31, 1999.

After the hearing, the high court had declared the Sun Dew Apartments illegal and heavily penalized the then PMC commissioner for flouting rules.

However, Vyas had challenged the High Court’s order in the Supreme Court. After 12 years of legal battle, the Apex Court on October 12 recommended that the building should be razed and the PMC should open a school over there.

Following the directions from the SC, the PMC will take possession of the building on November 4.

JPN/Bureau