HC appointed justice JA Patil to probe CM quota flats
Bombay High Court appointed retired judge justice JA Patil to probe into the allegations of irregularity and illegality in allotments under the chief minister’s housing quota and submit a report to the Bombay high court (HC) by April 30 next year. Justice JA Patil had previously conducted an inquiry into the Adarsh society scam, to scrutinise the allotments and make recommendations for action in cases where illegalities have been committed. The CM has two quotas 2 per cent of the houses built by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada), and 5 percent of those built under the Urban Land Ceiling Act. Court has directed state government to make available to the judge records going back to 1982, including all applications made, and orders passed while allotting flats. The court noted that it was a question of “valuable property vesting in the state” and that though the state had taken steps to identify illegal allotments and pursue action “the exercise required to be done has not been done”. Even Ketan Tirodkar the petitioner has been asked to make available all documents in addition to the clerical assistance by the officials of the Urban Land Ceiling department and MHADA that could help the retired Justice in the inquiry. From December 1st the Justice JA Patil will commence his work, with help provided by two senior government officers. “More than 20 cases of illegal allotments have been identified,” said the court. The next hearing for the case will be heard on May 5, 2015, after the report is submitted.