Supreme Court has ordered some residents of Campa-Cola building in Mumbai to vacate their ” illegal ” flats
And asked Municipality to demolish these flats
Even though , the residents
> purchased these flats with their hard-earned , white money
> paid registration fees / stamp duty / Municipal taxes / water bills / electricity charges etc for 30 years
What was their crime ?
They were ignorant of the criminal conspiracy between the builder , corrupt municipal officers and quite possibly , equally corrupt Govt officers
And don’t rule out the Most Corrupt of them all
The politicians !
For this ” ignorance ” , the residents must now sleep on the footpath with their children and elders
Supreme Court says , ” Ignorance is no excuse in law ”
On the other hand , 53 Ministers of UPA-2 government , are continuing to occupy their Government-allotted bungalows in Delhi , even after ceasing to be Ministers
Many are no more , even MPs !
Some continue to occupy their bungalows , months and even years after ceasing to be Minister/MP !
Take Buta Singh , who ceased to be a Minister 18 years ago !
He refuses to vacate , for ” Security ” reasons !
Or take Lalu Yadav , who will not vacate , since his wife Rabri Devi is undergoing medical treatment at AIMS !
Now , make no mistake
They are NOT ignorant of the government rule that says , they must vacate their bungalows within ONE month of leaving office !
Residents of Campa Cola building – and millions of Mumbai-Citizens , living in thousands of similar ” illegal ” buildings , are asking :
Why this Double Standard ?
Why cannot Supreme Court take Suo-Moto cognizance of 53 illegal occupants – but
knowledgeable – Ministers and issue them notice to vacate ?
Will Venkaiyyah Naidu , show some intestinal fortitude ( aka ” Guts ” ) and throw them out on 26th June , when their extended Notice Period expires ?
* hemen parekh ( 17 June 2014 / Mumbai )