In a major relief to the residence of the Campa Cola housing society in Mumbai, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the demolition of the building till May 31, 2014.
140 illegal flats were to be demolished in the Campa Cola housing society.
The apex court directed the officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to immediately halt the demolition work. The residents of the building have claimed that the builders had duped them and it was not their fault.
The apex court took suo moto cognizance of media reports on demolition of the building and stayed the action taken by the Municipal Body in Mumbai.
After the SC order, BMC has begun removing its demolition squad. The residents have welcomed the decision of the apex court.
Meanwhile, the ministers have completely ignored the issue with Sharad Pawar keeping mum when asked by the reporters about the Campa Cola society demolition.
The demolition in the Campa Cola Housing society began on Tuesday morning with the bulldozer of BMC breaking the main entrance gate of the building.
Police had to forcibly send the residents, who were protesting against the action, to move outside the building and even lathicharged them.
On Tuesday, residents opposed BMC officials, blocked the gate in order to prevent them from entering the society. The officials had suspended the move for one day, following protests by the residents.
Earlier, BMC had disconnected the water and power supply of the society.
Around 1 month ago, the apex court had issued a notice to the residents to evacuate the illegal flats. Around 102 families went on to protest against the eviction notice issued by BMC officials, which expired on Tuesday.