Refusing to grant any immediate relief,the Supreme Court on Friday directed Suvir Dewan,son of former Chief Justice Shanti Sarup Dewan,to vacate his parents house in Sector 11 by October 10.
The directions were passed on a special leave petition filed by Suvir against the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which on September 27 had given 15 days time to Suvir,a lawyer by profession,to vacate the Sector 11 house.
On Friday,Suvir moved the apex court contending that he did not intend to pursue an adversarial litigation against his father. Suvir requested the Supreme Court to allow him to settle the family dispute. His appeal was opposed by senior lawyer Puneet Bali who appeared on behalf of the former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
A bench headed by Justice R M Lodha flatly refused to interfere with the High Court directions and told Suvir to vacate the house by October 10 at the latest. His appeal was adjourned to October 21 for resumed hearing. Terms of settlement between the two warring parties,if any possible,would be decided on the next date of hearing.
It was on September 27 that a division bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul had directed Suvir to vacate the house. He was also told to pay a penalty of Rs 50,000 to his father.
The High Court had told the UT SSP to ensure that the house was vacated within the stipulated time. Besides,the court had asked the UT Administration to make proper rules to protect life and property of senior citizens.
The court had ruled that in case Suvir applied for stay on eviction in any other court,no relief would be provided to him. We part with the feelings of dismay at the attitude of Suvir despite all efforts by the Committee and the Court but with the hope that at some stage sanity would dawn and he would recognise the contribution made by his father including monetarily towards establishing him in an independent house gifted to him, the High Court had ruled.
The dispute had reached the High Court after former Chief Justice Dewan,85,had alleged that he and his wife Romilla Dewan were leading an animal existence in their one-kanal house in Sector 11.