The fate of the 100 beleagured residents of Campa Cola now hangs in ambiguity.
An SC bench of Justices S J Mukhopadhaya and Sharad Bobde said,"not be averse to any relief that the new government in Maharashtra may offer the residents, if it does."
The residents' lawyer Kamini Jaiswal sought an adjournment when their clarification hearing came up. She cited that their senior counsel Shanti Bhushan was unable to make it to the court. The SC had last year upheld BMC's demolition notice of the illegal flats in the Campa Cola compund. Following which, the residents sought a clarification on the possible regularization of the flats since the body had earlier agreed to it and had accepted maximum of the fees.
However, in the last hearing, the BMC said that regularization was not possible. The apex court had given a two week's notice to residents to file a reply to the BMC's reply. The SC, however, said that it was not averse to any relief provided by the new government. Meanwhile Jaiswal clarified that the adjournment was not being sought for the formation of the new government.
Nevertheless, it is indeed true that the residents may still rely on the new BJP-government for relief.