MUMBAI: The Supreme Court on July 7 did not agree with the BMC that residents of unauthorized flats in Worli’s Campa Cola Compound have committed contempt of court by not vacating their residential units in disregard of the SC’s February 27 judgment.
A bench of Justices S J Mukhopadhaya and S A Bobde told the BMC’s counsel, Pallav Sisodia, that the court never told the residents to vacate and only said that the flats were unauthorized; also, it had not specifically directed the BMC to demolish the illegal portions of the buildings. “So, it is for the BMC to take action as per law, but no contempt of court is made out,” it said.
Recently, BMC authorities disconnected electricity, gas and water connections to the unauthorized flats. The SC allowed the litigation-weary Worli residents to amend the pending plea to seek clarity on its earlier directions. But, it significantly advised the BMC and the residents to work out, within the legal framework, a settlement on sympathetic grounds. At this suggestion, the BMC counsel immediately said there was no solution in sight. Sisodia said numerous discussions had taken place between the BMC’s representatives and the owners of the unauthorized flats, without any solution. “We don’t have any solution,” said Sisodia, adding that the residents had committed “contempt of court” by flouting court orders.