Bombay HC: 100% sure Mhada officials, builders sit together for drinks in the evening
The bench said it is probable that often, Mhada officials work hand-in-glove with such developers, and thus, help them skirt court orders and escape punitive actionmumbai Updated: Aug 02, 2017 09:08 IST
The Bombay high court on Tuesday pulled up the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) for failing to initiate action against city developers, who leave homeowners in the lurch by routinely delaying redevelopment work and refusing to pay them transit rent.
A bench of justice RM Savant and justice Sadhana Jadhav said it is probable that often, Mhada officials work hand-in-glove with such developers, and thus, help them skirt court orders and escape punitive action.
“We know how such things work. I am 100% sure officers and builders sit together in the evenings for drinks,” the bench said.
The bench was hearing a plea filed by one Sameer Patil, a tenant of one such building in Dadar whose developer, Shree Swami Samarth Builders, had failed to complete the redevelopment work of the building in time. The developer had also refused to pay transit rent for the alternate accommodation to around 73 tenants of the building. Patil claimed the developer was yet to pay him rent arrears worth more than Rs8 lakh.
The building was demolished in 2010 and the authorities had assured the tenants that the property will be redeveloped soon. However, the new construction work was abruptly stopped by the developer in 2014, after which he failed to resume the work and also refused to pay the tenants transit rent.
In October last year, another bench of the court had directed Mhada to attach the said developer’s properties to recover the transit rent. It had also suggested at the time that Mhada acquire the building and complete the construction work.
However, Mhada is yet to comply with the court’s orders.
On Tuesday, the bench issued a final notice to the said developer seeking his response and posted the matter for further hearing on August 10.