Maharashtra told to clarify stand on probe into housing ‘scam’
On Friday, the HC heard the petitioner's lawyers and asked them to submit their detailed complaint to the state government.
Nov 04, 2012
Source : The Times of India

THANE: The Bombay high court on Friday told the state government to clarify by November 23 its stand on the probe into alleged corruption in the implementation of the Rs 654-crore housing programme for poor in Kalyan-Dombivli.

Dombivli-based RTI activist Kaustub Gokhale has accused the Thane police and the state authorities of delay in filing an FIR against bureaucrats, politicians and contractors involved in illegal and corrupt practices in the implementation of the Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUM) scheme in the twin-townships. "I had submitted specific instances of corruption and illegal decisions in the implementation of the BSUP scheme. The beneficiary list was manipulated, contractors were given illegal benefits and all rules pertaining to town planning and environment protection were ignored. All these details were given to the Thane police officials a year ago but they refuse to take cognizance,'' Gokhale said.

The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) is implementing the scheme under which 13,469 tenements are to be constructed for slumdwellers from nine slum colonies in the twin-townships.

Thane police commissioner KP Raghuvanshi accepted that prima facie the case merits criminal prosecution, but sought to wash his hands off the matter saying the CBI should probe the alleged irregularities as the Centre has funded 50% of the BSUP scheme.

On Friday, the HC heard the petitioner's lawyers and asked them to submit their detailed complaint to the state government.

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