SC agitated over plea to save Supertech’s twin towers from demolition, NGO fined Rs 5 lakh

The Supreme Court on Monday imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on an organization seeking to stop the demolition of Supertech’s twin towers to be held in Noida on August 21.

Justice Dhananjay Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, terming the petition as “clearly perverse”, said that the object of the petition is to seek a result directly contrary to the judgment of this Court. The apex court had on August 31 last year directed the demolition of the 32-storey twin towers after they were found illegal and contrary to the National Building Code, 2005.

The petitioner – an NGO named Center for Law and Good Governance – had submitted that instead of demolishing these towers, they can be put to effective use by shifting them for any useful purpose.

The Bench did not favor the suggestion and asked the petitioner how such a petition could be filed questioning the Supreme Court’s decision. The Bench remarked, “The jurisdiction of this Court has been extended to explore alternatives other than demolition of the Twin Towers. Once the decision of this Court is final, no petition under Article 32 (writ jurisdiction of the Supreme Court) of the Constitution shall be maintainable.”

While imposing heavy fine on the petitioner NGO, the bench directed him to deposit the amount in the Supreme Court registry within four weeks. The order directed the Registry to later transfer the entire money to the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), which would be used for the benefit of the lawyer families affected by Covid.

In fact, the task of demolishing the 100-metre towers has been entrusted to a destroying agency, Edifice Engineering Ltd., which has already conducted the trial blasts and both the towers are expected to be demolished on August 21. Last week, the court directed Edifice and Supertech to provide all relevant information sought by the Roorkee-based Central Building Research Institute, which has been roped in as an advisor to guide them on the safety and technical aspects of the demolition. The matter is being continuously monitored by the top court and the next hearing on the demolition aspect has been fixed for August 21.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court had also ensured compensation for home buyers by directing Supertech to refund the amount paid by home buyers along with 12% interest. Of the 633 individuals who booked flats in Twin Towers, around 248 homebuyers took early refunds, while 133 took flats in other Supertech projects, leaving only 252 homebuyers who are getting refunds.

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