Explain policy on reserved category flats, court asks DDA

February 9th, 2009 - 10:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Monday faced some tough questions in the Delhi High Court when asked to explain how flats meant for the reserved category were allotted to applicants from other states.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Sanjeev Khanna directed the housing authority to clarify how Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes applicants from neighbouring states were allotted flats in a draw held in December last year.

The court asked DDA to give in a week’s time the break up on how many SC/ST applicants belonging to Delhi and other states were allotted flats in the draw and also how many applied for the same.

“It’s very unjust on people of Delhi who live in slums and are not given the opportunity to buy a home for themselves as compared to people belonging to the reserved category from different states who own many properties here,” the court said.

Rajeev Bansal, appearing for the housing body, said: “We have been allotting the flats to reserved category people from different states for the past many years. Nobody had objected for so many years then why is there a sudden demand for staying the allocation process.”

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Prem Chand, who failed to get a flat in the draw, alleging that the housing body had illegally allowed applicants under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category from other states to participate in the draw.

Chand alleged that under the DDA Act the housing body is not entitled to accept applications from residents of states other than Delhi.

In a petition, he said the government agency had surpassed its jurisdiction by inviting applications from Scheduled Castes members outside the National Capital Territory, without a thought for members of the community living in Delhi.

Under the DDA housing scheme of 2008, a total of 5,238 flats were allotted to applicants chosen from among more than 500,000. The draw of lots was held Dec 16, but it was alleged to be rigged.

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