Observing that there was prima facie criminal conspiracy between the developer Mittal Builders and Slum Rehabilitation Authorities (SRA) while developing a plot in Vakola, Santacruz (East) by inflating the total number of people to be rehabilitated, the Bombay High Court has directed the police to investigate and submit an inquiry report in the matter.
The scam came to light after the deputy collector was asked to verify documents of certain persons residing in the building constructed for rehabilitation purpose. Four rehabilitation buildings and four free sale buildings were to be constructed on a plot near Vakola.
The residents' association of the 'free sale' building, Krishna Galaxy Residents Association, had approached the high court in 2004 alleging that the developer had not left required open space as per the regulations.
The HC had earlier asked deputy collector YV Tidke to verify documents of the slum dwellers who were provided flats in the rehabilitation buildings. Tidke filed an affidavit stating that of the total 663 tenements shown in the four rehabilitation buildings 225 were found to be occupied by ineligible persons.
Twenty five tenements in the transit camp were provided to ineligible persons of the 42 tenements examined by the deputy collector. 115 tenements in the transit camp were closed. During the physical examination of these tenements 11 families were found to be such which did not have any documents to prove that they had been residing in the hutments prior to 1995.
A division bench of Justice FI Rebello and Justice AV Mohta has directed the police to verify their documents again, and evict if they fail to produce proper documents.
The HC has also directed the concerned authorities to clear the recreational ground from the existing structures and submit a report by December 4.