The Bombay high court, on Monday, sought to know the state government's policy regarding houses handed out under the chief minister's quota.
The court directed the state government to finalise its policy for allotment of tenements under the CM's discretionary quota by December 12. The direction came in response to a petition filed by Dr T Kaushik, an advocate with the central government. Kaushik alleged that the flat in Versova's Excellency Co-operative Housing Society allotted to him under the CM's quota in 2005 was transferred to a third person by the society without his knowledge.
Government pleader DA Nalavade sought time after submitting that the draft prepared by government officials was awaiting the CM's approval. Nalavade sought at least three week's time for finalising the draft policy.
Kaushik's counsel Advait Sethna argued that the allotments under the discretionary quota were discriminatory. According to the petition, Kaushik was allotted a tenement under the CM's quota through a letter issued on September 5, 2005 by the principal secretary, (housing). However, for over four years, the flat was not handed over to him, but was later allotted to a former registrar of the high court, the petition states.
A division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice Mridula Bhatkar adjourned the hearing till December 12 by which time the draft policy has to be finalised.