Campa Cola counsel tries to buy time

Campa Cola counsel tries to buy time

With the Supreme Court having passed an order for residents to vacate the Campa Cola Compound, the society on Tuesday approached the Bombay High Court for filing a fresh application of deemed land conveyance.

In a surprising turn of events, counsel for the society Prasad Dhakephalkar told the court that it would put a fresh plea before the Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies after making the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Pure Drinks Pvt Ltd parties to the proceedings. 

With over 102 flats in the six-building colony facing demolition, the society had earlier taken the stand that the MCGM, which challenged that the land title was in its favour, had no say in the matter of deemed conveyance. 

Dhakephalkar on Friday, however, sought time to seek instructions from his clients on their willingness to file the proposed fresh application. The court granted him time till June 24.

In light of the Supreme Court quashing the residents’ plea against vacating the premises 17 days ago, the MCGM descended on the Campa Cola society to cut off essential supplies to the flats.

Even amid their counsel’s negotiations, residents stiffly resisted their attempts to enter the compound by barricading the gates with bamboo poles, forming human chains and relentless sloganeering.

With police personnel alongside, MCGM workers tried to get into the complex and cut-off the supplies of power, water and piped gas.

“After issuing notices to the residents of Campa Cola under Section 488 of the MCGM Act, the deadline for the residents to vacate their flats ended on Friday. We have only come to cut off the water, electric and gas supply of the residents,” an MCGM official present at the site said.

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