State needs four weeks time to re­spond on hous­ing scam PIL

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Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment sought four weeks to file a re­sponse to a public in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion al­leg­ing that six plots of land in Worli in cen­tral Mum­bai, orig­i­nally re­served for po­lice­men, were fraud­u­lently al­lot­ted to a group of leg­is­la­tors and bu­reau­crats while the po­lice never got al­ter­na­tive land as promised. The gov­ern­ment pleader sought time say­ing that the home depart­ment had to de­cide on giv­ing al­ter­na­tive land to the three co­op­er­a­tive hous­ing so­ci­eties Sukhada, Shubada and Poorna — in Worli Sa­gar com­plex. The court had ear­lier is­sued no­tices to these so­ci­eties while hear­ing the PIL which sought a CID probe. Pe­ti­tioner, for­mer jour­nal­ist Ketan Tirod­kar, re­lies on a re­ply by the Home depart­ment to a query un­der the Right to In­for­ma­tion Act. In 1988, the state had ac­quired six plots in Worli Sa­gar So­ci­ety, meant for po­lice hous­ing. It promised po­lice depart­ment al­ter­na­tive land in sub­ur­ban And­heri. But, Tirod­kar ar­gues, the land in Am­bivali in And­heri was never handed over to the depart­ment. He prayed that the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (Hous­ing) be di­rected to evac­u­ate the build­ings in Worli Sa­gar So­ci­ety and al­lot the ten­e­ments to low­er­rank po­lice­men on the ba­sis of se­nior­ity. Con­sta­bles work un­der dif­fi­cult con­di­tions such as low salaries, long duty-hours, poor hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties, etc and there­fore they should be given pri­or­ity in such ben­e­fits, the PIL con­tends.

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