THE inquiry report on irregularities in allotment of flats under the chief minister’s discretionary quota was Tuesday submitted in the Bombay High Court. Former HC judge J A Patil conducted the inquiry and found cases of double and illegal allotment of flats besides making recommendations for proposed action.
The report is likely to have details of all allotments made since 1980 under the CM’s discretionary scheme. An order of the court passed earlier brought fresh allotments under the scheme to a stop.
Justice Patil, who earlier headed the commission that probed the Adarsh housing scam, submitted the report through the government pleader in the court of Justices A S Oka and G S Patel in a sealed envelope.
On September 10, 2014, the HC appointed Justice Patil to look into the illegalities over the allocation of houses under the 2% and 5% discretionary quota meant for war veterans, artists and sportspersons.
The inquiry panel was set up after a PIL filed by Ketan Tirodkar. The PIL pointed out that most of the beneficiaries were either politicians or close to them.
The HC had then requested Justice Patil to peruse all documents and resolutions and submit a report by April 30, 2015.
However, on the panel’s request, subsequently the tenure was extended till November 30 this year. Patil was also asked to not only inquire into the matter but make recommendations so that “criminal action can be set in motion” against beneficiaries who have availed the benefit by providing wrong information.
The court Tuesday directed the state government to file an affidavit listing out a “time-bound” schedule within which action will be taken on Patil’s recommendations.