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SC denies ordering forcible eviction of Campa Cola residents

Krishnadas Rajagopal
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Warns BMC not to do anything in the name of the Supreme Court

A resident of the Campa Cola compound in Mumbai is in tears, as municipal officials arrive.— File Photo: Vivek Bendre
A resident of the Campa Cola compound in Mumbai is in tears, as municipal officials arrive.— File Photo: Vivek Bendre

The Supreme Court on Monday denied ordering the forcible eviction of Campa Cola residents, accusing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation of misguiding people into believing that they were acting on a court order.

A Bench of Justices S.J. Mukhopadhaya and S.A. Bobde also strongly objected to the agitation and blockades by residents instead of “sorting out legal issues in a legal manner”.

In June, the civic body cut water, gas and electricity connections in flats built without approval at Worli in Mumbai. The residents also made it difficult for civic officials to go about their work by putting up blockades at the complex gates.

During Monday’s hearing, Justice Mukhopadhyaya warned the BMC not to “do anything in the name of the Supreme Court.”

“Don’t put anything in our mouths. We have not directed you to forcibly evict,” Justice Mukhopadhyaya told the BMC.

The hearing was on an application filed by the residents seeking a clarification of the Supreme Court order.

The Bench asked the BMC to show any order passed by the Supreme Court to evict the residents. It asked why no one had come to it earlier for a clarification.

In November 2013, the Court gave the residents time till May 31 this year to vacate the premises to pave the way for the demolition of the flats.

In June 2014, the vacation court refused to stay the demolition of the flats in Campa Cola Housing Society built in violation of building rules. The municipality had moved in after the June order.

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