More than two weeks after the Allahabad High Court passed an order directing the demolition of two towers of Supertech’s Emerald Court project in Noida, the company moved the Supreme Court in appeal on Wednesday.
On April 11, the Allahabad High Court had ordered the demolition of the under-construction towers numbered 16 and 17, named Apex and Ceyenne, for violations of the UP Industrial Development Area Act, 1976, and the UP Apartments Act, 2010.
Confirming that the Special Leave Petition (SLP) has been filed with the Supreme Court, Supertech CMD R K Arora told Newsline, “We have filed an SLP before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. We have not been told when the petition will come up for hearing.” Arora said the stand of his real estate company was that it was “unable to argue its case in the best manner possible before the Allahabad High Court”.
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“Our stand is clear and we will argue it strongly at the Supreme Court. There are no violations by Supertech whatsoever in the project. All construction was only embarked upon after due clearances from authorities concerned,” Arora said.
On April 11, the court had ordered the demolition of the towers, which were meant to have 857 apartments. Of these, over 600 have already been sold. The development had prompted flats buyers in the two towers to form an association and ask that they be included in any future hearings in the case.
Sources in Supertech said the fact that the buyers’ group wanted to be part of the plea was indicative that it believed in the legality of the project.
“The Allahabad High Court had directed that we refund money with 14 per cent interest. But there are many who have chosen to stick with the project until the appeal is complete in the Supreme Court, in the knowledge that no illegal means were used by the company at all,” a Supertech official said.