After waiting for more than two decades for a promised tenement under the chief minister’s quota, a former sportsman has moved the Bombay high court alleging non-transparency in the allotment process.
Kalyan resident Chandrabhan Sangle, 59, has represented the state and university in hammer throw at national-level and district-level games.
In his petition, Sangle also alleged that tenements under the scheme have been allotted “only to those who have close relations with politicians”.
A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice SJ Vazifdar asked additional government pleader Abhinandan Abhigyani to file a reply by February 28.
The high court also clubbed Sangle’s petition with two other similar petitions, which allege irregularities in allotment of tenements under the chief minister’s quota.
Sangle had applied for accommodation under the 10% chief minister quota scheme on April 3, 1989. The urban development department had sanctioned a tenement under the scheme on May 15, 1989.
The sanction letter stated that it was sanctioned in category 3.6 and the tenement would be allotted within six months.
The scheme is promulgated for benefit of persons having extraordinary talent in sports literature, art and other fields.
In April 2009, when Sangle sought information under the Right To Information Act about the status of his allotment, he found that he was 65th on the waiting list in 2006.
In August 2009, when he sought information about the number of flats allotted since 2005, he learnt that from 1989 till date, nearly 4,500 tenements had been allotted under the scheme. Moreover, of these 4,500 tenements, 500 were allotted after 2006.
Despite sending several reminders Sangle claimed, he was not allotted a tenement, but only given assurances.
His petition alleged: “Flats are allotted to persons who have close relations with politicians, and the... persons for whose benefit the said scheme is promulgated are kept away from benefit.”