Plea challenging DDA quota dismissed

February 17th, 2009 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging the reservation policy the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) adopted in allotting flats last year.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Sanjeev Khanna dismissed the petition and said they will pass the detailed order later.

Prem Chand, an applicant, had failed to get a flat in the draw and alleged in his petition that the state-run housing agency had illegally allowed Scheduled Tribes (ST) people from other states to apply for DDA flats under the quota reserved for the category.

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

He said the agency had surpassed its jurisdiction by inviting applications from ST 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 over 500,000 of them. The draw of lots was held Dec 16, but it was alleged to have been rigged.

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