The fever of confidence vote in the Parliament seemed to have gripped the attention of Delhi High Court on Monday.
“Those who support ‘yes’ and those don’t say ‘no’, let there be no defection,” said Justice Manmohan Sarin to lawyers standing for various parties during a hearing of the Rs 4,000 crore group housing scam sending the courtroom into peels of laughter. “Let us take it up like a confidence vote.”
Justice Sarin, who had initiated steps to identify genuine members in 58 societies for allotments of flats, made the comment after putting forward the two viewpoints that emerged during arguments on the modalities to be followed for the process.
The Registrar of Cooperative Societies, UK Vohra, who has been entrusted with the task, said it would take at least three months to complete it. He said each society had to issue advertisements in newspapers giving details of incumbent and former members. Justice Sarin used the Parliamentary jargons to elicit the view of various parties on Vohra's suggestion.
When it was found that there was overwhelming objection to Vohra’s suggestion, Justice Sarin told him, “Mr RCS, you are losing the confidence vote”.
KC Miittal, the lawyer assisting the court as the amicus curiae and the lawyers appearing for many aggrieved societies, said there had been enough scam surrounding the office of the RCS and it could not be independently allowed to handle the verification. They were also of the view that the list should not just carry the names of the current members, but also all those former members for a detailed verification.
“There is also a Third Front, Your Lordship,” said the lawyer representing Association of CGHS-affected members. He wanted inclusion of societies being investigated by the CBI or against whom criminal cases had been registered and grant its members “provisional allotment”.
The court had in March appointed a four-member committee headed by a retired high court judge, JP Singh, to speed up identification of genuine members. But it could not go ahead following the rift within as Vohra wanted to do the job himself. Following this, the court has decided to reconstitute the committee and asked Vohra to do the "spadework" and the committee to review it later.