Thursday, January 23, 2014

Verify if netas got flats under CM quota in Versova: HC

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MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the state government to verify if members of a housing society of MLAs and MLCs in Versova also got flats under the CM's discretionary quota.

A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice M S Sonak gave the directions while hearing a PIL public interest litigation by activist Ketan Tirodkar on double allotments in a family.

The government's affidavit stated that the society, Rajyog, does not fall under the 2% quota. But Tirodkar gave the instance of an MLC's wife's name figuring in the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act quota. Prosecutor Jayesh Yagnik said the land was given on a concessional rate to house the legislators.

"It is mandatory that even those members have to file affidavits declaring that they or their spouses do not have flats in Mumbai or have under the 2% or 5 % quota," said Tirodkar. He cited the example of Nyaysagar, a society for judges, where some judges withdrew their membership on the same ground. The state's affidavit stated that it has identified 14 cases of double allottees under ULC and 10 cases where same person or spouse got allotments under ULC and MHADA quotas.

The judges questioned what action the government proposes to take against the double allottees including prosecution and cancelling their allotments. Yagnik said action has been taken against 3 out of 14 double allottees. On Tirodkar's submission that the list of double allottees has names missing, the judges directed the State to inform if names have been left out. The matter will be heard next on February 24, 2014.