The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) on a petition moved by an association representing 15,000 families awaiting allotment of cooperative group housing society (CGHS) flats in Dwarka. The petition sought a direction from the court for an immediate draw of lots for granting possession of the flats.
They also wanted the RCS to include the societies being investigated by the CBI in the Rs 4,000-crore scam or against whom criminal cases have been registered and grant its members “provisional allotment”. The status of 15,000 families, most of them from 110 housing societies, had become uncertain as many of them were under the scanner of the CBI probing the housing scam.
Many of them are government servants who have taken loans to finance their flats and are paying hefty EMIs. Giving relief to the families, a bench headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal had on April 2 ordered allotment of flats to all those who have already been enrolled as members before inviting fresh applications.
But the RCS, which was asked to conduct draw of lots within six weeks of the order, was yet to take any steps citing the scam and especially because the order had not drawn a distinction between societies under probe and those which were free of it. President of the Association of CGHS Affected Members (AOCAM) D. P.S. Rajesh, who moved a fresh petition on Wednesday before another bench of the court headed by Justice Manmohan Sarin which is looking into the criminality aspect of the scam, told HT that “provisional allotment should be allowed even in societies under probe based on suitable undertakings”. “We are of the view that law should take its own course.
But the scam shall not be the sole ground to withdraw membership,” he said. The bench asked the RCS to submit his response on July 8, the next date of hearing.
Source: Hindustan Times