A non-governmental organisation (NGO) has filed a public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court on the issue of legislators allegedly submitting false affidavits to get low-cost state-built houses.
The NGO, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, has also submitted a written complaint to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) seeking a detailed investigation on the issue.
The issue relates to the allotment of 203 MHADA flats at Versova to the cooperative society floated by the state legislators.
According to MHADA rules, anyone owning a house in the municipal limits is prohibited to apply under the scheme.
However, it has come to light that several legislators, including Jagannath Shetty, Nitin Raut, Charan Singh Sapra and Jeeva Gavit, already own houses in the city and had still applied for MHADA flats by giving misleading information.
Kishore Tiwari, president of the Samiti, called it a “classic case of cheating”.
“These legislators have abused their position by trying to encroach on the houses meant for the needy,” Tiwari told Hindustan Times. “These public representatives apply for MHADA flats when they are already living in plush apartments.”
Tiwari demanded strict punitive action against the errant legislators saying that it would serve as a deterrent in future.
The Action For Good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI), the NGO working for accountability in governance, said the guilty should be stripped of their legislative membership.
“They have failed the people and indulged in cheating setting a very bad example among the electorate. They should be removed as legislators,” said Sharad Kumar, trustee of AGNI.