A bench consisting of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice JB Pardiwala has been urged by a lawyer for the homebuyers to create a new bench, as Amrapali Group cases were being heard by a bench headed by the CJI UU Lalit, which resigned. November 8.
“I’m going to build a bench,” the CJI said.
The plea was mentioned by attorney ML Lahoty, appearing for the homebuyers.
He said a new bench needed to be set up to hear grievances from homebuyers.
A bench of former CJI Lalit, since retired, and Judge Bela M Trivedi had heard the batch of petitions relating to the Amrapali group.
The Supreme Court, in its verdict of July 23, 2019, had cracked down on errant builders for violating the trust of home buyers and ordered the cancellation of the Amrapali Group’s registration under the RERA real estate law and had it ousted from prime properties in the country. Capital Region (NCR) by eliminating land leases.
The High Court had ordered a Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) investigation into allegations of money laundering by estate agents, offering relief to more than 42,000 Amrapali Group home buyers with the verdict.
Apart from the Enforcement Branch, the Economic Crimes (EoW) wing of the Delhi Police and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) have also been investigating various cases filed against former officials of the property group.