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Mumbai: Prithviraj Chavan rules out intervention in Campa Cola demolition

Surendra P Gangan , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 11, 2013
First Published: 08:53 IST(11/11/2013) | Last Updated: 09:05 IST(11/11/2013)

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, on Sunday, did not hold out any hope for Worli’s Campa Cola compound residents.

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To a question on the government’s stand on the issue, he told HT, “We have taken advocate general Darius Khambata’s opinion, which is negative in nature. I cannot go against legal opinion and set a wrong precedent. Residents admit they knew the floors were illegal. Even the SC has ruled against them, despite them having the best counsel.”

On promulgating an ordinance that could give residents a way out of the mess, Chavan said, “We have seen the effect of wrong ordinance, which was issued by the Centre to save politicians with criminal backgrounds. We have rehabilitated Mumbra residents and if Campa Cola residents want, we can rehabilitate them too.”

Congress MP from south Mumbai, Milind Deora, has been in the forefront of the protests against the demolition of the illegal floors.

He had even urged Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to intervene. Chavan said he has told Deora to bring a favourable opinion from the Attorney General of India if he wished to save the buildings.


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