New Delhi: Supreme Court has refused to modify its order by which it directed that the ancestral house of renowned author Salman Rushdie and his family, situated in a posh locality in Delhi, be sold at present market price to another family.
The apex court on December 3, 2012 had directed Rushdies to hand over the house which their father had agreed to sell to a Jain family in 1970 but directed the buyer to pay the current market price of the property.
The Jain family approached the apex court seeking modification in that order and pleaded that the property be handed over to them by paying an amount of Rs 6 crore against Rs 3.75 lakh which was agreed upon in 1970 and not on the basis of market price.
A bench of justices P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi, however, refused to modify the order saying if the parties disagree over the market price, to be calculated by a trial court, they can seek proper legal remedy.
"The aforesaid prayer for modification is based on the additional ground that the same is contrary to several decisions of this court.
"We do not consider the above stated ground to be a justifiable or sufficient cause to alter our direction(s) for execution of the sale deed at the market price in as much as the said direction was passed by us in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the present case," the bench said.