Breather for Campa Cola res­i­dents, SC stays de­mo­li­tion for six months

Civic, po­lice teams break down gate, climb cars and clash with res­i­dents

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MUM­BAI: As civic teams and po­lice of­fi­cials broke open the gate, en­tered Worli’s Campa Cola com­pound af­ter a scuf­fle with res­i­dents, climb­ing over cars parked to block ac­cess, and started dis­con­nect­ing power sup­ply to il­le­gal flats, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wed­nes­day stepped in and stayed the de­mo­li­tion for six months, giv­ing res­i­dents of the 96 flats another re­prieve.

The two-hour drama, which saw the po­lice lath­icharg­ing res­i­dents and break­ing down the gate with a bull­dozer, ended abruptly af­ter the court took suo motu cog­ni­sance of me­dia re­ports and stayed the de­mo­li­tion that it had or­dered un­til May 2014.

A bench headed by Jus­tice GS Singhvi or­dered the stay soon af­ter the judge ar­rived at court around 10.30am. He said he was “badly dis­turbed by the de­vel­op­ments”.

“More than a le­gal is­sue, it’s a hu­man prob­lem,” Jus­tice Singhvi said, af­ter the court held a spe­cial hear­ing of the mat­ter later on. The apex court has clar­i­fied that the stay or­der does not mean a change in its ear­lier verdict, which has up­held the BMC’s or­der to de­mol­ish the il­le­gal flats. It said the time has been ex­tended to re­ha­bil­i­tate the res­i­dents.

How­ever, in a state­ment that brings hope to res­i­dents, the bench said it would con­sider the pro­posal to con­struct new build­ings where peo­ple who are to va­cate the il­le­gal flats could be ac­com­mo­dated.

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VIJAYANAND GUPTA/ HT

Po­lice of­fi­cials and the Campa Cola res­i­dents clash on Thurs­day morn­ing.

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