The Supreme Court dismissed the plea of Supertech Ltd. requesting modification of orders directing demolition of Noida’s Twin towers on Monday. The real estate firm requested modification of orders such that it saves at least one of the two towers. Supertech had also filed a “miscellaneous application” seeking relief that the court rejected.
“Grant of such relief is in the nature of a review of the judgement of this court. In successive decisions, this court has held that filing of applications styled as “miscellaneous application” in the guise of a review is not to be countenanced. The attempt in the miscellaneous application is clearly to seek a substantive modification of the judgement. Such an attempt is not permissible in a miscellaneous application. For the above reasons, there is no substance in the miscellaneous application,” a bench of Justice D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna pointed out.
On August 31, 2021, the SC directed demolition of the Twin Tower that allegedly flouted certain regulations. The court also stated that the towers were constructed “through acts of collusion” between NOIDA Authority and Supertech Ltd.
Why SC ordered to raze Supertech’s Twin Tower project?
Twin Tower comprises of two 40-storey buildings comprising of 850 flats. Apex and Ceyane, the two towers, are both residential developments offering 2 & 3 BHK flats. According to the apex court, the firm has allegedly violated certain by-laws of construction while building the towers. As per the court’s verdict, Supertech Ltd’s Twin Tower fails to maintain the required distance between two buildings. It also breaches fire safety regulations.
Supreme Court’s verdict:
The Apex court has ordered to raze both the towers, the expense of which will be borne by Supertech itself. Moreover, the real estate firm is liable to refund all those who purchased flats in the towers within two months. The firm will also pay an additional annual interest rate of 12% to the buyers.
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