HC raps DDA for non-refund of booking amount to flat aspirant

Terming as "inconceivable", the Delhi High Court has come down heavily on DDA for not refunding the booking amount of Rs 50,000 for five years to a flat aspirant who was "erroneously" declared successful in the draw of lots in 2004.

New Delhi: Terming as "inconceivable", the Delhi High Court has come down heavily on DDA for not refunding the booking amount of Rs 50,000 for five years to a flat aspirant who was "erroneously" declared successful in the draw of lots in 2004.
     
"Inaction by a statutory authority (DDA) specifically in a case of this nature is inconceivable. The mistake with regard to allotment (of flats) may be a genuine one but definitely non-refund of the amount cannot be regarded as a sanguine act.
     
"There is total indifference. The letters were not replied to. It is absolute impassivity and reflection of an attitude of non-concern by the authorities who are required to act in quite promptitude being argus-eyed (vigilant)," Chief Justice Dipak Misra said in his judgement.
     
The court asked DDA to pay Rs 1.5 lakh, including Rs 1 lakh as compensation, within four weeks to the widow of Narain Das Arora who had filed a petition against the land developing agency.
     
Arora had in 2004 applied to DDA for a two-bedroom flat and deposited a demand draft of Rs 50,000 as the booking amount.
     
In the draw of lots, published in a newspaper, Arora found himself as as successful applicant in the list.
PTI

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