14 cases of double allotment under CM’s housing quota
Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay High Court it had identified 14 cases wherein the same person or his/her spouse had been allotted
Mumbai: Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay High Court it had identified 14 cases wherein the same person or his/her spouse had been allotted more than one house in the state under the chief minister’s five per cent discretionary housing quota.
In an affidavit, the government also informed it had detected 101 cases where blood relatives of allottees have been given houses from the CM’s quota in the same urban agglomeration or in other urban area.
Besides, ten cases have been identified where same persons have been allotted tenements in 2 per cent quota of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) as well as in 5 per cent quota under the Urban Land Ceiling Act, according to the affidavit, filed by S K Salimath, Deputy Secretary, Urban Development Department.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by ex-scribe Ketan Tirodkar challenging double allotment of houses from the CM’s quota.
Taking the affidavit on record, a division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka asked the state government to inform on February 24 what action it proposed to take in case of double or multiple allotments of houses.
The court wanted to know whether the state would cancel such multiple allotments or launch prosecution against the allottees who have given false information to procure more than one house from the CM’s quota.
The petitioner submitted to the court a list of certain individuals who were allotted houses in Rajyog Housing society in suburban Versova area of Andheri and also a list of allottees of MHADA houses in 2 per cent quota.
According to Tirodkar, some persons have been allotted in Rajyog Society as well as in 2 per cent MHADA quota.
However, the government today clarified that Rajyog Society was formed for the State MLAs and MLCs. The allotment of houses in this society was under a housing scheme for a specific category which was implemented by MHADA and was not in the 2 per cent quota of MHADA or 5 per cent under ULC Act.
However, Tirodkar argued that persons, who already had a flat in Mumbai or had got a house under 2 per cent or 5 per cent quota, were not eligible to be members of Rajyog Society.
He cited the example of Nyaya Sagar Society in Mumbai where the judges who already had a house in Mumbai, chose to withdraw from this Society.
The HC asked state government to find out from their records whether Rajyog Society members were having flats in Mumbai or had been allotted houses under the 2 per cent and 5 per cent quota. The government has been asked to give this information on February 24.
Referring to the government’s affidavit stating the number of double or multiple allotments of houses under CM’s discretionary quota, the petitioner said the list was not exhaustive and had missed out many names furnished by him to the authorities.
The court asked the government to check the list and make sure that names of all multiple allottees were included.
The petitioner, Ketan Tirodkar, alleged that politicians and journalists were main beneficiaries of such allotments.
He said “resourceful” people were allotted flats at concessional rates from the CM’s discretionary quota, while the needy and common people were ignored.
Tirodkar gave examples of journalist-couples, who were allotted adjacent flats and cited names of some politicians and their kin who were given flats under the CM’s quota.
The petitioner has annexed to his PIL, a reply received under the Right To Information (RTI) Act from the State Government, which included names of allottees from 1989 to 2010. However, it did not contain names of multiple allottees.
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