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Supreme Court to hear Campa Cola residents’s plea on Tuesday

LiveMint logoLiveMint 30-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on Tuesday a fresh plea of residents of illegal flats in Campa Cola housing society who have been asked to vacate their premises by 31 May.

“It is big human problem which will lead to eviction of 40 families living there,” senior advocate Vikas Singh said. The association, in its fresh plea, has sought a direction to Maharashtra government and Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay that they be asked not demolish the illegal flats in the buildings till the apex court decides the petition.

“Allow the present writ petition filed by the petitioner Association before this Hon’ble Court and issue writ of Mandamus or Certiorari or any other appropriate writ or directions, directing the respondents not to demolish the building or take any other coercive steps till the outcome of the present writ petition,” the plea said.

It said the association has come across certain facts, which never came out, under the Right to Information Act and they (facts) warrant fresh hearing of the case. The plea said the state and the civic body, way back in 1985 and 1986, had decided to regularise the illegal construction.

“Direct the respondents to adhere to their decisions of regularising the construction as revealed from the letters dated 3 July 1986 and minutes of meeting dated 23 July 1985...,” it said.

The court, on 19 November, last year, had asked the flats owners at the society to vacate their houses by 31 May as no specific proposal could be worked out to provide them space in the compound for construction of new building.

Earlier, on 27 February, last year, it had ordered the municipal body to demolish the illegal flats. Later, on 1 October, it refused to re-consider the earlier order and set 11 November, last year as the deadline to vacate 102 illegal flats.

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