MHADA flats row: CM says papers will be checked
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 20:30
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday said it would scrutinise documents on allocation of MHADA flats to over 200 serving and former state legislators, following allegations that even those owning a house applied for the flats.

"Nothing will be done against the rules. Flats will be made available only to those who fulfil the norms," Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said.

The high income group (HIG) flats, located in suburban Mumbai, were to be handed over today.

However, shortly after Chavan's announcement, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) clarified that it has not initiated "any inquiry against any MLA, MLC and ministers who applied for the flats as no official complaint has been received."

"How can we set up an inquiry if there are no complaints? Even if there is one complaint, we can initiate an inquiry. It would be wrong for us to doubt credentials of the applicants," MHADA's chief vigilance and security officer Jawahar Singh said.

"We will inquire if any minister or legislator has been allotted flats in MHADA HIG scheme in suburban Mumbai despite their possessing a house in the city," Minister of State for Housing, Sachin Ahir said.

"I have asked MHADA officers to check if the applicants have other flats in Mumbai. If they do, they will not qualify for the scheme," Chavan said.

"In case if we find any such applicant during scrutiny, then as per the law, we book the applicant under Section 420 of IPC for cheating. This law is applicable to every citizen irrespective of caste, creed or race. It is also applicable to the public representatives," Singh said.

Prominent among the applicants are Cooperatives Minister Harshawardhan Patil, Home Minister RR Patil, Minister of State for Urban Development Bhaskar Jadhav, Tribal Development Minister Babanrao Pachpute, MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre and BJP state unit chief Sudhir Mungantiwar.

The government will issue showcause notices to those found guilty, Ahir said.

Last August, the state government issued orders to allot the apartments, for which lakhs apply when MHADA conducts a public lottery. The applicants gave a written undertaking that none of them owned a house in Mumbai.


First Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 20:30

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