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MHADA allotments hinge on high court order

If you won a flat in the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) lottery held in May, don’t celebrate yet. The Bombay High Court still has to clear the software that has been used to shortlist applicants, reports Urvi Mahajani.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2009 01:48 IST
Urvi Mahajani

If you won a flat in the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) lottery held in May, don’t celebrate yet.

The Bombay High Court still has to clear the software that has been used to shortlist applicants.

The division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice SC Dharmadhikari said the allotments would depend on the high court’s final order.

The high court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Gayasingh Yadav (80), an ex-servicemen, seeking that the 3,853 flats allotted by the MHADA through lottery be scrapped, alleging that entire system was faulty.

Yadav had sought that the allotment of flats by MHADA be scrapped as the housing authority has decided to scrap even the software which it had used to pick flats terming the software faulty.

Ahmed Abdi, Yadav’s advocate, filed an additional affidavit in support of his petition on Monday pointing out that the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report had raised questions over the software used for the lottery system in 2006 and 2007.

The same software was used this year too and MHADA declared its lottery result in May.

The CAG report attached to the affidavit states: “The deficiencies brought out in the report point to an ad hoc approach towards the utilisation of computerised systems which delivered an unreliable system, with deficient data that could not invoke all the business rules of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Board (MHADB), one of the executive arms of MHADA, and its schemes.”

The petition had sought investigation by the cyber crime branch into the system. The petition has sought that the equipment be seized.

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