By Accommodation Times Bureau
The Bombay High Court’s bench of justices B R Gavai and Bharti Dangre on October 29 passed a judgment stating that one person is entitled to only flat at a time in Maharashtra or under state government scheme.
PIL was filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar who raised the issue by questioning the state government for a residential scheme for judges at Oshiwara.
If the government has floated a scheme to allot houses to judges and other persons at concessional rate there is nothing wrong. If the person takes advantage and secures more than one house, which may amount to misusing the position, a source said.
According to the source, 39 flats have been allotted to judges and building consists of 63 tenements.
Some judges who have allotted flats have already had a house under the different schemes of government, Tirodkar claimed.
The court directed to the state government to formulate a policy in which one person would be entitled to one house under any scheme in the state.
The court said the person has to surrender the existing flat if he wishes to opt other flats in another city.
The order read, if government floats scheme for the special category such as judges there should be nothing wrong.
We have no hesitation to observe that if a person gets the advantage of allotment of the tenements/houses from the government at a concessional rate on more than one occasion, it would amount to nothing else but using the office for unjust enrichment,” the judges said.
Formulate the policy within six months, the court directed to state government.