Irked with the absence of written norms for allotting flats under the chief minister’s discretionary quota, the Bombay high court on Wednesday stayed all allotments under the quota.
The stay will be valid until February 2 when the matter comes up for hearing again. It will not affect those who have already been allotted flats under this quota.
A division bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Anoop Mohata also directed the principal secretary of the housing department to submit an affidavit listing the norms governing allotment of flats under the CM's quota, and the list of people whom flats have been allotted to in the last five years.
The high court was hearing a petition filed by Dr TC Kaushik, a central government employee, who moved court after finding that a flat allotted to him at Excellence Cooperative Housing Society at Versova in 2005, as a central government nominee, had been handed over to someone else.
Kaushik’s counsel, Advait Sethna, said his client pursued the matter with several state authorities for five years and even used the Right To Information Act to get information on the flat.
In October 2009, he found that the flat had been allotted to DN Mapuskar, a former high court registrar, in June 2006.
The housing society’s counsel claimed Kaushik had refused to take possession saying the area was less than what he had expected. Sethna denied this.
The housing department’s stand that the petitioner should submit an application for a fresh allotment instead of insisting on the flat at Versova annoyed the judges.