NEW DELHI: In a major relief to thousands of homebuyers, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Noida and the Greater Noida authorities to start registration of flats in favour of Amrapali homebuyers.
The Noida and Greater Noida authorities informed the apex court that they have created a special cell to ease problems of the Amrapali homebuyers.
The authorities told a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that they have created the cell to deal with cases of the homebuyers and that officials had been designated, especially to take care of the issue.
During the hearing, the bench pulled up the Noida and the Greater Noida authorities, warning officials of serious consequences, including jail, if the recent court order giving succour to the Amrapali homebuyers is not complied with.
“Officers will be jailed if they don’t abide by court orders. We are not paper tigers,” the apex court said, warning the officers against delay in the registration process.
In July, the top court had cancelled the registration of the embattled Amrapali group under the Real Estate Regulatory Authority over the delayed completion of as many as 42,000 flats. The lease of the properties was then granted to the Noida and Greater Noida authorities.
“We want something positive to happen and you must comply,” the court observed.
In its July judgment, the apex court had said that the home buyers will pay only for the completion of their houses and they cannot be burdened with the loans which Amrapali owed either to the Authorities or the banks.
It had also said that only assets of the Amrapali functionaries that stand attached under the court orders can be recovered. The Enforcement Directorate was also ordered to investigate into the aspect of money laundering and submit periodic reports to the court.