New Delhi : The Bombay High Court on Monday asked Maharashtra Government to inform it on August 26 the number of cases in which it had lodged FIRs against those who had secured double or multiple allotment of flats from the Chief Minister’s discretionary quota by wrong disclosure of facts.

The court also asked the state government to inform it on the same day (August 26) the number of cases of double or multiple allottees having surrendered the flats. A bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka was hearing a PIL filed by activist Ketan Tirodkar challenging double or multiple allotment of houses from CM’s quota.

The State informed the court that a house is allotted to a person from the discretionary quota on condition that he does not own a flat in the limits of the city or district from where he lives. But in some cases it had come to its notice that people file false affidavits affirming that they do not own flats and seek double allotments.

The bench said that if work is not completed by that time on furnishing data regarding such wrongful allotments and the number of allottees having surrendered the flats, then it would come out with a time-bound programme to deal with it. The government had earlier informed the high court that it had stopped allotting houses from CM’s quota in keeping with the court’s order scrapping the state’s policy on the issue.

The State had also informed the court that those who had secured flats from the CM’s discretionary quota on the basis of false declaration about not owning a house, will face prosecution. On March 20, the high court had struck down the state’s policy for allotment of houses to the beneficiaries under the CM’s quota.

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