The Supreme Court rejected a plea by Marathon Realty seeking leave to appeal against a Bombay high court order of October 2014, that had thrown out the challenge to the state’s decision to take over the land. A division bench of Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Adarsh Goel said the developer’s special leave petition against the HC order was dismissed.
The court’s order is a huge win for the transport undertaking and its efforts to set up the bus depot in a land-starved city. The land spreads over 5,616 sqm and is located in a prime location in the suburbs. Senior advocates Harish Salve and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsels for the builder, had contended that the state had failed to take possession of the land before the repeal of the Urban Land Ceiling Act in 2007. Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi and advocate Harinder Toor, counsels for BEST, opposed the plea and pointed out that possession was handed over to the undertaking in 2006.