AGC set to object to ashram’s application for leave

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has set Jan 13 to hear an objection by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to an application for leave by the owner of the 110-year-old Vivekananda Ashram.

The company – The Vivekananda Ashrama Kuala Lumpur – is seeking to initiate judicial review proceedings to compel the National Heritage Department commissioner to gazette only the building as a heritage site.

The company wants to be able to develop the surrounding land and to be allowed to use the property as it deems fit.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Asmabi Mohamad set Jan 13 to hear the objection by the AGC.

The applicant is also seeking for over RM60mil in damages on the grounds that it has been denied the fundamental right to use the building for the purposes of development as initially planned.

It is also seeking an order to set aside the department and its commissioner’s notice for an interim protection order denying it the use of the property.

The company is applying for a declaration that the area surrounding the Vivekananda ashram building in Brickfields is not to be defined as a natural heritage or cultural heritage site pursuant to the National Heritage Act 2005.

Justice Asmabi also fixed the same day to hear an application by a member of Vivekananda Ashrama who is applying to intervene in the application for leave.


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