3 Campa Cola societies move High Court

The societies allege ‘inaction and callous attitude’ on the part of officials in in granting deemed conveyance.

| Updated: April 22, 2014 4:38:43 am
cola-main Campa Cola compound in Worli has been embroiled in a row over the proposed demolition of 25 illegal floors in seven buildings Express archive

Three housing societies in the Campa Cola Compound Monday moved the Bombay High Court against the Controller of Stamps and the sub-registrar of assurances alleging “inaction and callous attitude” on their part in granting deemed conveyance to the societies.

The societies within the compound in Worli have been embroiled in a row over the proposed demolition of 25 illegal floors in seven buildings.
A bench of the apex court had earlier stayed the demolition of the unauthorised flats after taking cognisance of the matter on humanitarian grounds, following reports in the media. The court that had dismissed the review petition in the case had later extended the date of demolition from November 11, 2013 to May 31, 2014.

Mid-town, Orchid and Shubh co-operative housing societies have moved the High Court stating that on September 27, 2013, the six societies within the compound, spread over 13,049 sq m, had applied for deemed conveyance.

According to their petition, the competent authority issued a deemed conveyance certificate-cum-order and sought stamp duty adjudication on December 21, 2013. The petition adds that on January 2, the  Controller of Stamps sought the local plan of the societies, the city survey plan from the state revenue department, the layout plan approved by the local authority, an architect’s certificate, building structure plan approved by the appropriate authority, a commencement certificate and list of all flat purchasers floor-wise.

The societies contended that they had submitted all the plans except for plans certified by the architect. Urging the court to direct the Controller of Stamps to expedite the adjudication of stamp duty, the societies have stated that the documents sought by the authority are neither relevant nor necessary.

Assistant government pleader G W Mattos sought time to seek instructions from the concerned state authority. Justice V M Kanade and A K Menon then posted the case for hearing on April 29.


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