The principal accountant general (audit) of Maharashtra, on Wednesday, cleared the lottery system used by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to allot 3,863 flats in May 2009.
Ex-serviceman, Gayasingh Yadav (80) had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking that the allotment be scrapped. Yadav, who had applied for a flat under the system but did not get one, had alleged that the lottery system was faulty.
Following the HC’s directives in October, Deputy Accountant General R.K. Solanki filed an affidavit saying the lottery system was discussed with MHADA officers during a meeting on September 9, 2008. MHADA had, then, said it would take care of the system in their computerisation project.
This meeting was held following the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report (CAG) for 2008-’09, which said: “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.”
The CAG report further stated that the system “could not invoke all the business rules of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Board, one of the executive arms of MHADA, and its schemes”.
MHADA had replied saying, “The audit observations included in the CAG Audit report were generally taken care of while conducting the lottery draw in May 2009.”
Yadav’s advocate, Ahmed Abdi, opposed the practical clean chit given to the system and will file a reply in two weeks.
The HC had allowed the housing body to go ahead with the allotments of flats. Yadav went to the Supreme Court requesting that allotments be stayed but his petition was dismissed. The PIL had sought a crime branch inquiry and asked for MHADA’s equipment to be seized.
The HC is hearing the petition now and final allotments will depend on its order.