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