Govt Housing Scheme Beneficiary Eligible For Only One House, Rules Bombay HC
The Bombay High Court has ruled that a government employee, including judges, is eligible to hold only one house or tenement at a time in Maharashtra under chief minister’s quota in any of the state's government housing scheme.
The Bench of Justice B R Gavai and Justice B H Dangre was hearing a petition filed by one Ketan Tirodkar against people holding more than one house under chief minister’s quota. Tirodkar also questioned the state’s decision to build a highrise project to accommodate sitting High Court judges. The project, being constructed in Mumbai’s Oshiwara, has a total of 63 tenements and 39 of these have already been allotted to HC judges. He pointed out that a pick-and-choose method is being used due to which houses are being allotted to judges who already own houses under different schemes launched by the government.
According to the Bench, while there is nothing wrong in the government launching new housing schemes to allot houses to judges or other persons on concessional rates, taking advantage of one's position and owning more than one house in such schemes is not right. “Having one tenement from any of the schemes floated by the state government or any other authority under its control and having multiple houses from the state government are two different things,” The Asian Age quotes the Bench as saying.
While hearing the PIL, the Bench has directed the state government to formulate a policy under which people, including judges and government officials, cannot hold more than one house or tenement.
For those planning to upgrade or wanting to move into another house across the state, they would have to surrender the house they are holding at present to the government. This would be the only way to be eligible for the allotment of the new house.