Ranjit Mahanti

THE Bombay High Court on Monday stayed a lower court order asking police to conduct a probe against the company real estate major Housing Development Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) in alleged irregularities in a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project. High Court stayed on ground that FIR names two senior SRA officials, and in such cases, as per a Supreme Court ruling, government’s sanction is necessary.

The next hearing of the case would be on January 19, 2015.

According to the complainant, though he owned a tenement in the area, he was not allotted a shop after the area was redeveloped and there were some irregularities.

On December 2, 2014, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the HDIL group chairman and its 10 directors and SRA officials- Principal Secretary (housing) Debashish Chakrabarty, Principal Secretary (woman and child development) Ujjwal Uke, for irregularities in an SRA scheme at Motilal Nehru Nagar in suburban Bandra in 2005-06 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

At the relevant time, Chakrabarty and Uke were with SRA.

Challenging the FIR, HDIL had moved the Bombay High Court and the lower court order ordering the probe.

A division bench of justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai earlier this month granted relief to HDIL and SRA officials.

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