Taking a firm stand on the allotment of flats to residents of co-operative housing societies in Dwarka last month,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit stepped in on Thursday and assured the residents that the matter will be resolved within the next 15 to 20 days.
The meeting was reportedly attended by the residents of 57 co-operative societies. Dikshit asked them to form a federation and submit all necessary papers,documents and demands collectively.
Of the 57 societies that are still awaiting allotment,members of four housing societies had gone through a self-allotment process and had moved into their flats.
According to officials in the Registrars office,the government has written to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to cancel these allotments and take action against the residents who have moved into their flats illegally. Members of these societies are liable to a punishment of seven years under the Cooperative Group Housing Society Act.
Of the remaining 53,the government has recommended 14 societies that have been cleared to the DDA for allotment. With the documents of the remaining 45 still pending,Dikshit has asked members to submit them at the earliest.
All 57 societies have more than 6,000 flats lying vacant in Dwarka for the last six years after scam worth Rs 4,000 crore involving 135 group housing societies was unearthed in 2004. After a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation found procedural discrepancies in old records related to these 57 societies,the Delhi High Court,in August 2008,had ruled that allotments should begin immediately after scrutinising the documents and chargesheets submitted by the investigating agency. The court also said the criminal chargesheets must be examined separately.
The CBI found that then CGHS Registrar N Diwakar had colluded with officials in the Registrars office,the DDA,builders and office-bearers of cooperative societies in Delhi. The scam involved fraudulently reviving defunct housing societies to get land from DDA at a concession.