Bombay High Court
Bombay High Court

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THE Bombay High Court on Thursday appointed a Justice to probe alleged irregularities in the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s housing quota. A bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka made appointment on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by former Journalist and social activist Ketan Tirodkar.

According to media reports PIL alleged that double or multiple allotments of flats had been made under the discretionary quota of CM of 5 per cent and 2 per cent, since 1982. Flats were allotted to various categories of people such as Journalists, freedom fighters, government employees, artists and sports persons. But most beneficiaries are politicians, either related to MLAs or MPs. The ordinary persons never benefited from the schemes.

The court asked the one-man commission headed by Retired Justice J A Patil to submit report till April 30, 2015. The High Court also asked the Commission of inquiry to recommend action to be taken against the guilty.

The High Court also asked the defaulters to return the flats obtained under CM’s quota by false disclosure of facts or pay the money if the houses had been sold by them after their allotment.

The Maharashtra government had earlier informed that it had filed FIRs against 27 persons who secured more than one flat by giving false declarations.

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