The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to inform whether the MLCs and MLAs, who have been allotted houses at concessional rates at the Rajyog society at Versova in Andheri, have individual houses in their name or in their spouses’ name in the city and whether they have also availed themselves of houses under the chief minister’s discretionary quota.
A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice MS Sonak also directed the state to inform the court about what action it had taken against the 14 persons who were given allotments of more than one tenement under the CM’s 5 per cent discretionary quota.
An affidavit filed by Prakash Pathak, joint secretary of the housing department, states that a thorough scrutiny was undertaken by the government in the housing as well as urban development department by re-checking the database of more than 1,300 allottees from the 2 per cent of Mhada quota of the seven regional boards and 5 per cent of CM’s discretionary quota of nine urban agglomerations for allotments. A total of 10 cases have been found where the same person was allotted tenements under both the quotas.
The affidavit was filed while hearing a public interest litigation filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar challenging double allotment of flats from the CM’s quota.
On December 5, 2013, the state had filed a list of allottees of nine urban agglomerations, Greater Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Ulhasnagar, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur. However, the court was not satisfied with this list and had asked the state to cross verify the names of allottees in one urban agglomeration with the other. The court has now adjourned the hearing till February 24 and asked the state to inform it about what prosecution has been initiated against the double allottees.