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PIL on land for societies housing judges rejected

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 23, 2012
First Published: 00:57 IST(23/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:58 IST(23/11/2012)

The Bombay high court on Thursday dismissed PILs challenging allotment of state-owned land at Bandra for two co-operative housing societies meant for some retired and sitting high court judges.

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The division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice RV More dismissed the PIL filed by Thane-based environment activist Nitin Deshpande observing Maharashtra government had followed all rules and regulations while allotting the land to the housing societies and there was no illegality in deleting reservation of housing for homeless persons from part of the plot.

The petitioner had alleged that the government showed undue favours while allotting land to Siddhant and Nyay Sagar CHS. The PIL alleged that earlier reservations of the land were changed without following due process.

The bench, however, rejected the PIL stating there was no haste in allotment of land to the societies.

"The allotment was in accordance with rules and there is no illegality," he added.

The bench also rejected a contention raised on behalf of Deshpande that it was improper for sitting judges to lease the flats allotted to them in the two housing societies and continue to occupy official residences.


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