PIL seeks CBI probe into double flat allotment

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Disputing facts mentioned in a government affidavit on instances of double allotment of flats from Chief Minister’s discretionary quota, a PIL urged the Bombay High Court to order a CBI probe into such irregularities.

In his affidavit which came up for hearing today, the petitioner Ketan Tirodkar cited some cases which he alleged the state government had either “omitted or concealed” in its list (of double allottees of flats from the CM’s quota) submitted to the court.

The PIL challenged double allotment of houses from the CM’s quota either to same beneficiary or to his family members in the same urban agglomeration or in other urban area of the state.

The government sought time from the court to file a reply to Tirodkar’s affidavit and the bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka gave four weeks time for this purpose.

The petitioner also pointed out a case of an MLA who owns a house in Mumbai while his wife being allotted a flat under the CM’s quota in Mumbai. In another case, he said the state had wrongly mentioned that a mother has no blood relations with her sons.

Since these cases were not listed by the government in its affidavit filed earlier in keeping with the Court’s order on furnishing names of double allottees of houses, the petitioner demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

Earlier, the PIL had asked for a state CID inquiry.

However, in view of the government’s affidavit in which allegedly some names of double allottees were missed out or a wrong set of facts mentioned in some cases, the PIL is now seeking a CBI probe.

The state had on last occasion informed the court that it had identified 14 cases wherein the same person or his/her spouse had been allotted more than one house in state under the CM’s five per cent discretionary housing quota.