In a big relief to the Ambience Group, the Bench comprising Hon'ble Mr. Justice U.U. Lalit, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Vineet Saran and Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ravindra Bhatt of the Supreme Court of India directed the authorities not to take any coercive steps against the group with regard to the construction in 'Ambience Island'. Pertinently, the integrated township 'Ambience Island' at Gurugram comprises of Leela Ambience Five Star Deluxe Hotel, Ambience Shopping Mall and other commercials, residential, institutional, recreational, and entertainment developments.
The directions were passed by the apex court in a petition filed by Ambience Group against the Judgment of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh. The matter relates to the construction of Ambience Lagoon Residential Apartment Complex in the 'Ambience Island' at Gurugram. On 10.07.2020, the High Court in its Judgment, reported as 2020 SCC OnLine P&H 920 quashed the order de-licensing 8 acres out of the original 18.98 acres of land along with the order granting sanction for the construction of Ambience Corporate Office Tower-II. The High Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the entire issue after registering a First Information Report (FIR).
During the hearing of the petition before the Supreme Court, Mr. Harish N. Salve Sr. Advocate and Mr. Mukkul Rohatgi, Sr. Advocate appearing for Ambience Group submitted that the company has complied with the applicable laws and had raised the constructions after duly submitting all the necessary documents and obtaining necessary permissions from the government authorities. It was further submitted that the government authorities, having the power to grant a license, also has the power to de-license, re-license, and/or amend the area.
Ms. Kamini Jaiswal Advocate, appearing on behalf of the two residents, opposed the submissions made by the counsel for the Ambience Group. However, after hearing the parties, the Supreme Court granted significant interim relief to the Ambience Group by directing the authorities not to take any coercive steps against the group until the next date of hearing.
The Ambience Group was advised and represented by a legal team comprising of Ms. Ruby Singh Ahuja, Mr. Vishal Gehrana, Ms. Deepti Sarin, Mr. Nakul Gandhi, and Mr. Vasu Singh from Karanjawala & Company.