No SC relief for Campa Cola residents

Campa ColaThe lawyer for the residents claims new documents showing a proposal to regularise the flats have been found. (IE Photo: Kevin D'Souza)

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday refused to recall an order asking residents of Campa Cola Society in Mumbai to vacate unauthorised flats by May 31, 2014.

Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi tried to convince a bench led by Justice H L Dattu that new documents showing a proposal to regularise the flats had been found.

"An application under Right to Information Act was filed and documents have come up showing lakhs of rupees were paid for regularisation," he said and claimed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had failed to inform this to the court.

However, the bench expressed inability to entertain the plea and asked the society to explore the possibility of filing a petition for review of its judgement and directions.

"You file a review petition and seek hearing in an open court," the court said while posting the matter to January 6 for a detailed hearing.

The SC had last month set a deadline of May 31, 2014, for vacating the flats since no proposal for resettlement of the residents inside the Campa Cola complex could be worked out. It refrained from entertaining the resettlement issue after Attorney General G E Vahanvati, who appeared for the BMC, said nothing could be done under the law to provide owners of the unauthorised flats space in the compound for new construction. Vahanvati said he spoke to all authorities concerned but no specific relief could be provided to the residents of the more than 100 illegal flats that face the threat of demolition.

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