HC is­sues no­tice to state govt. on al­lot­ments of dou­ble flats

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The Bom­bay High Court on 0n 2nd May is­sued a no­tice to the state govern­ment re­gard­ing its de­ci­sion to with­draw the prose­cu­tion of those per­sons who re­ceived dou­ble al­lot­ments of flats un­der the chief min­is­ter’s dis­cre­tionary quota if they re­turned the sec­ond house or paid the mar­ket value for it.

The state govern­ment’s Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment (UDD) and Ma­ha­rash­tra Hous­ing and Area De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MHADA) on Fri­day filed their af­fi­davits be­fore a di­vi­sion bench of Jus­tices A S Oka and A A Sayed.

Af­ter go­ing through the af­fi­davit judges sadi that, who stated that the govern­ment had de­cided to launch prose­cu­tion against dou­ble al­lot­tees, and also men­tioned that ac­tion would be ini­ti­ated to with­draw the crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against ben­e­fi­cia­ries who re­turned the flat or paid the cost for it.

Judges also made an ob­jec­tion to a state­ment in the af­fi­davit by a dou­ble al­lot­tee who had made an ap­pli­ca­tion to sur­ren­der his ten­e­ment which was un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. The bench asked the govern­ment that, If the per­sons are re­turn­ing the ten­e­ments then what are you con­sid­er­ing.

The MHADA au­thor­i­ties and govern­ment has sub­mit­ted the af­fi­davit in con­nec­tion with the hear­ing of a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL) filed by for­mer jour­nal­ist Ke­tan Tirod­kar.

The high court on March 20 set aside the chief min­is­ter’s dis­cre­tionary hous­ing quota case, ob­serv­ing that al­lot­ment of flats un­der the quota was “il­le­gal”. While post­ing the case’s next hear­ing on June 10, the court has asked the ad­vo­cate gen­eral to clear the state’s stand with re­gard to its queries.

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