HC orders State to take action against allottees of illegal flat under CM’s quota
The Bombay High Court Monday asked the state to cancel allotment of multiple flats under the chief minister’s discretionary quota and initiate criminal action against such beneficiaries.
The state will have to inform the division bench of Justices A S Oka and A S Chandurkar on August 26 about the action it has taken with regard to registering FIRs and cancelling allotment of multiple flats to various beneficiaries.
The court was acting on activist Ketan Tirodkar’s PIL, which claimed that beneficiaries of flats under CM’s quota were either related to MLAs or MPs or were influential politicians and their family members.
The PIL alleged the state had not prosecuted those who were allotted two or more flats, either by filing FIR or cancelling allotments. Tirodkar had alleged that while “resourceful” people were allotted flats at concessional rates from the CM’s discretionary quota, the needy ones were left out. On March 20, the HC had set aside the state’s policy for allotment of houses under the CM’s quota. The HC described the policy as “illegal, irrational and unfair” and asked the state to come up with a fresh, transparent and fair policy.