In a major relief to the people who had bought plots from those found guilty of multiple allotments from Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the government has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the subsequent genuine purchasers would not be punished. However, the government decision will not be applicable on those plot transfers who had done so within their families.
The Haryana government in an affidavit in the high court said that cancellation of subsequent allotments had huge impact on the interest of public at large. The bonafide purchasers who have got the plots re-allotted in their names after permission from HUDA should not be punished as they had taken due precaution by way of obtaining transfer permission from the HUDA regarding the genuineness of allotment before getting the allotment in their name.
They had followed the due procedure laid down by HUDA and these subsequent purchasers cannot be penalised as they were not at fault any point of time. The action if initiated in such cases would also be withdrawn, the government told the court. The government response came on a bunch of petitions, wherein it was submitted that after purchase of the plots, they raised loans and constructed buildings and cancellation of allotment at this stage would cause irreparable loss to them. They had also submitted that due process was followed by them and they were being penalised for no illegalities committed by them.
After high court orders, HUDA had found over 2,000 illegal plot and flat allotments and FIRs are being registered against the violators. A large number of cases were such in which illegally allotted flats were sold by the first allottee.