26 allottees of multiple flats in chief minister's quota face state action
The state government filed an affidavit in the Bombay high court, naming former ministers and legislators as well as a deputy speaker of the assembly and an MP for securing multiple allotments
Sep 03, 2014
Source : The Times of India
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MUMBAI: The state government has prepared a list of 26 people, including prominent politicians, who will face action for occupying more than one flat under the chief minister's quota by producing false affidavits. The state found 52 such cases of multiple allotments, but will initiate action against 26.

The state government filed an affidavit in the Bombay high court, naming former ministers and legislators as well as a deputy speaker of the assembly and an MP for securing multiple allotments, most of them in their wives' names.

The state has decided to frame a policy to bar such allotments in future.

The allottees' affidavits, sources said, mentioned that neither they nor their spouses owned a flat. Such an affidavit is necessary before obtaining a flat under the CM's quota as owning more than one house in either the spouse's name or a son aged below 18 is not allowed. The next hearing is on September 9.

Flats under the CM's quota are allotted under 5% and 2% schemes. Under the 5% quota scheme, sources said, 32 allotments were made in 16 names. The state plans to take back 16 allotments and file an FIR against beneficiaries of two flats. The state has served notices to these allottees. Two allotments were cancelled as they surrendered the flats. The state is taking action against 26 of 52 allotments. In another 20 double allotments, flats were obtained in both 2% and 5% quotas. 'They may be allowed to keep the first allotment. The second will be taken back, thus 10 will be withdrawn." RTI activist Ketan Tirodkar said on March 20, HC ruled the GR that does not allow a spouse and a son aged under 18 to own a flat while obtaining benefits under the quota is unconstitutional.

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