The Supreme Court on Monday turned down realty major Unitech’s plea and said defaulters cannot be allowed to approach the apex court to get their fundamental rights enforced against the government and its authorities. Pulling up the realty major on its delayed projects, the apex court said that we cannot collect money for you and you have to pay the flat buyers for delayed possession.
“We cannot collect money for you (Unitech). You have to pay the flat buyers for the delayed possession. It’s our order and we know how to execute our orders,” a bench, which also comprised Justice A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, said.
Unitech had filed a petition in apex court under Article 32 (right to move to Supreme Court for getting fundamental rights protected) seeking direction to Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation for the release of over Rs 165 crore pending with it.
“We cannot entertain a defaulter or grant him indulgence under Article 32 of the Constitution. We are not going to interfere with Article 32. You better move the High Court for the relief under Article 226 of Constitution,” a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the real estate major, said the firm did not have money to pay the flat buyers and if the directions are issued to Telangana state Industrial Infrastructure Corporation to refund the pending amount of over Rs 165 crore, then it would be of great help. He said if the company moved the High Court, it would consume lot of time and Unitech would not be able to meet the May 8 deadline fixed by apex court.
The apex court gave permission to the company to withdraw the petition and clarified that it has not expressed any view on the merit of the case.
Unitech on April 24 was asked by the Supreme Court to deposit 14 per cent interest on Rs 16.55 crore invested by 39 home buyers at its project in Gurugram by May 8. The court had warned in case the company fails to meet the deadline of payment, the deadline will not be extended and realtor’s property could be attached.
The apex court had on February 20 had directed the developer to deposit 14 per cent interest on Rs 16.55 crore invested by these home buyers and had said that the interest would be calculated from January 1, 2010.
It had asked the real estate major to deposit the amount with the apex court registry. The bench had directed the registry to disburse 90 per cent of this amount to home buyers on pro rata basis, as was done while giving refund of the principal amount. However, it had said that the issue of compensation would be deliberated upon later.
The court on January 12 had directed that Rs two crore deposited by Unitech with its registry as principal amount, be distributed among 39 home buyers.
The apex court had on August 17 last year directed the embattled real estate firm to deposit Rs 15 crore principal amount by September-end to pay back investors and home buyers who were not given possession of the flats on time.
The investors had told the court that they had paid money to the firm on time and the company was scheduled to hand over possession of the flats in 2012 but had not till date.
With inputs from PTI