By Accommodation Times News Services
Bombay High Court on 8th October recommended three retired judges to head the one-man committee to probe the irregularities in the allotment of flats under the Chief Minister’s (CM) discretionary quota.
On 9th the court will pass an order directing the Registrar General of the High Court to ascertain the consent of judges to take up the job. A division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka said the consent of the former judge to be chosen for the appointment would be obtained before the order is passed. The bench asked the petitioner Ketan Tirodkar and advocate general Darius Khambata not to disclose the names of the three shortlisted former judges to anyone till then.
The HC had earlier asked the state to appoint a retired HC judge to inquire into the matter on three aspects, which include procedural compliances followed by the state while scrutinising applications of allotment of flats, examination of data pertaining to nine agglomerations in the state and the action taken after illegalities were found against the beneficiaries.
The HC also asked the state to make available to the judge all the Government Resolutions (GR) passed by the state since 1982. The court was acting on Tirodkar’s PIL, which argued that beneficiaries of flats under CM’s quota were either related to MLAs or MPs or were influential politicians. He also alleged that the government had not prosecuted those who were allotted two or more flats, either by filing FIR or cancelling their allotments.