RTI reveals multiple allotments of flats under CM's discretionary quota
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that some persons have been allotted two or more flats under the chief minister's discretionary quota in Maharashtra.
On the basis of the RTI reply, the applicant filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court alleging that there were many cases where multiple allotments were made either to the same allottee or to a spouse or another member of the family. The litigant sought registration of offences against people who benefited from multiple allotments under the quota.
The High Court directed the state government in April, 2012 to submit the list of multiple allottees but the government failed to do. On July 4, 2013 the government assured the court that the list would be filed by July 18. However, on the due day, the department of urban development conveyed to the court through the additional public prosecutor that it required more time to verify the names of persons who have been allotted multiple flats.
Hearing the PIL by Ketan Tirodkar, the division bench of Justice P V Hardas and Justice Revati Mohite-Dere said that whether or not more time is to be allotted will be decided in the next hearing.