The Supreme Court on Monday ordered status quo on the order passed by the Allahabad High Court directing demolition of the twin towers of 40 floors each being constructed by Supertech builders in Noida.

A three-judge Bench comprising the Chief Justice R.M. Lodha and Justices Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, while ordering status quo directed the parties including the builder and purchasers not to sell, alienate or create third party rights till the disposal of the petitions.

The Bench issued notice to various respondents including New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA).

The CJI wondered how NOIDA permitted the construction of 40-floor buildings and said that if the towers were to be demolished then the authority will have to face the consequences and money must be paid to flat owners.

Collusion

The CJI told Additional Solicitor General L. Nageswar Rao that the authority must have colluded with the builder and participated in giving sanction for them.