HC grants additional time to state departments for submitting their files to inquiry committee

By Accommodation Times News Services

bombayhighcourtThe Bombay High Court in the case of illegal allotment of flats under the Chief Minister’s discretionary housing quota, has granted some more time to the Urban Development Department and Housing Department for submitting the files to the inquiry committee.

During the hearing Justice A S Oka and A K Menon, said, “On request from both the departments, we are providing some additional time to them for submitting the files, five weeks time to UDD and eight weeks time to Housing Department. And if time span is not considered seriously, actions will be taken.”

Though the committee had previously also issued letter to court stating that non-submission of files by the departments is effecting the inquiry process, HC has allotted the additional time span.

Following the extension for the file submission, court has extended the deadline of inquiry committee for submitting its report by July last week, instead of earlier date of April last week. The court has also ordered the state government to issue a government resolution within three weeks for extension of the term of the enquiry committee.

The court was hearing PIL of activist Ketan Tirodkar, which argued that beneficiaries of flats under CM’s quota were either related to MLAs or MPs or were influential politicians. He has alleged that the government had not prosecuted those who were allotted two or more flats, either by filing FIR or cancelling their allotments.

The HC had earlier directed these departments to submit all files pertaining to allotment of flats from the year 1982. “The Housing Department has tendered approximately 500 files out of 13000 files while the UDD has submitted only 314 files out of 12,000 files in the last three months. Because of non-compliance of judicial directions, the enquiry committee is facing many problems,” had stated the letter, dated February 20, 2015.

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