High court directs plea on DDA scam to another bench

January 28th, 2009 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday disposed of a petition over the irregularities in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) housing scam and asked the petitioner to approach another court for relief.A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Sanjeev Khanna directed Rajesh Kumar to approach another bench of the high court, as several other petitions of the same nature were pending there.

“It’s a serious issue and the matter is already under scrutiny and investigations are on. Moreover, a single bench is already dealing with various petitions on the same nature; so take your grievance there,” said the court.

Rajesh Kumar, who works with the Indian Air Force, had filed a petition in the court that the DDA had illegally and arbitrarily allotted the flats and the Dec 16 draw of lots should be cancelled.

“The draw of lots made by the DDA is illegal, arbitrary and grossly against the public policy and there are sufficient proofs to show that the draw suffers from malpractices coupled with the irregular and irresponsible conduct of DDA,” the petition said.

He said many applications were filed using fake names and the authority had failed to verify these, leading to the allotment of flats to dubious applicants.

DDA allotted over 5,000 flats through a draw of lots in which 5,67,000 applications were considered.

The flats cost between Rs.700,000 to Rs.7.7 million and are located in areas like Dwarka, Rohini and Vasant Kunj.

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