Supertech tower case: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath calls for action against guilty officials
The top court ordered that the towers be razed within three months for violation of building norms in 'collusion' with district officials.
LUCKNOW/ NOIDA: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has ordered authorities to set up a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe the collusion between Noida Authority and real estate company Supertech between 2004 and 2017 in connection with the illegal construction of twin towers in Noida.
According to a government spokesman, the CM also issued instructions to fix the accountability of officers who were associated with this case from 2004 to 2017. Incidentally, the Spureme Court had said that the case revealed ‘a nefarious complicity of the planning authority in the violation by the developer of the provisions of law’.
The government spokesperson said that the SIT was ordered to take a time-bound action. Subsequently, a SIT was constituted and it would be submitting a report within a week. On Wednesday, the CM had said that strict action will be taken against the guilty officials in the case.
While ordering the demolition of two 40-floor towers in Emerald Court housing project, the apex court had said that construction was a result of the collusion between the officials of the Noida Authority and Supertech.
The verdict stated the construction of the twin towers containing around 1,000 flats in Noida was done in violation of the rules and must be razed within a period of three months by Supertech at its own cost. All flat owners in the twin towers in Noida have to be reimbursed at 12 per cent interest.
The case first reached the Allahabad High Court in 2012 by the Emerald Court RWA. In 2014, it ordered the demolition of the two buildings within four months and the refund of money to apartment buyers.
The RWA had pleaded that the Supertech Ltd did not follow the prescribed distance criteria and it did not take consent of home buyers before constructing those towers.
Later, the SC stated that what Supertech Ltd had done was “palpably wrong”, as the towers were constructed by encroaching upon green common area of the housing society.