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Submit list of allottees who got flats in more than one city under CM quota: HC

The court set December 21 as the deadline for submission of information.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 12, 2013 3:32:54 am

The Bombay High Court Wednesday directed the state government to submit a list of double or triple allottees who availed flats under the Chief Minister’s discretionary housing quota in more than one city in the state. The court set December 21 as the deadline for submission of information regarding this and the action taken by the government in such cases.

The court said the list dated December 6,submitted by the state government on December 9,was incomplete. It directed the government to submit the details of all beneficiaries or families whose members were allotted a flat in two different cities. “The crux of the matter is whether an inquiry was made while making the second allotment of flats…. and there is no compliance with regard to that,” said a Division Bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice S C Gupte,while hearing a PIL filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar.

Additional public prosecutor Aruna Pai informed the court that inquires were being made. The court,however,said that the same was not mentioned in the list submitted by the state. It also pointed out that one of the allottees,Ranjana Dattatraya Sawant,was allotted two flats in Pune in 2009. Pai said the allotments will need to be checked.

The court directed Tirodkar to share with the state government information of total allottees obtained under the RTI. The next date of hearing is December 23. The court said,“We expect the state to make compliance by Saturday.” When the state sought more time to furnish the same,the court said,“The earlier order has remained only on paper. At no stage,the state has applied for extension. We will set a deadline for you to comply with latter part of the order.”

Tirodkar,who had filed an RTI application seeking the information,said he had received the names of allottees from 1989 to 2010 but no details were furnished of those who had received more than one allotment.

In his PIL,Tirodkar said Public Works Department Minister Chhagan Bhujbal was allotted a 825-sq ft tenement in Pune in 1992 under the MLA quota,his nephew Sameer Bhujbal was awarded a 1,040-sq ft tenement in Sangamwadi,Pune,under the “intense need for space” quota that comprises 3.10 per cent of the 10 per cent discretionary quota of the CM.

The High Court had asked the state government to submit a list of allottees under the Chief Minister’s discretionary housing quota on April 10,2012. However,the list dated December 6,was submitted to the court on December 9,after the court warned the government of contempt proceedings for failing to comply with its orders.

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