A committee headed by Justice K Balakrishnan Nair, a former judge of High Court of Kerala, as appointed by Supreme Court to decide the amount of compensation payable to the owner of flats in the four apartments in Maradu, Kochi, which have been ordered to be demolished for CRZ violations.
The bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Ravindra Bhat made the appointment as agreed by the parties.
Interim payment of 25 lakh to be paid as the compensation to the flat owned by the State Government as ordered by the Supreme Court. "It is made clear that the amount shall be recoverable from the Builder/Promotor/the persons/officials responsible for raising the construction", clarified the court.
The order stated further;
“Let the Builder/Promotor/persons/officials responsible for raising the construction may also be associated with the exercise to be done and the actual amount paid by owners may also be ascertained. This is ordered without prejudice to other proceedings which may be taken by the flat owners against the Builder/ Promotor/ persons/officials responsible for raising the construction for the realization of damages/compensation".
The court has issued a notice to the builders, Alfa Venture (P) Ltd, Holy Faith Builders, and Developers (P) Ltd, Jain Housing and Construction Ltd and K P Varkey and Builders in the proceeding. Their properties and bank accounts have been attached.
Along with that court has directed the demolition process to be carried out as per the time schedule submitted by the Kerala Government.
Justice K Balakrishnan Nair was appointed an additional judge of the High Court on September 7, 2001, and permanent judge on November 27, 2002, after practicing as an advocate for nearly 27 years. After retirement from service on April 12, 2010, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Kerala Administrative Tribunal.
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