An official representing the registrar of cooperative societies (RCS) told the Delhi High Court Monday that he has cleared names of a housing society’s members eligible to occupy flats in Dwarka in west Delhi.
The court had earlier asked the registrar to appear before it in person to explain the delay in clearing names of flat applicants in the society.
The bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice S.P. Garg was informed by special registrar that names of 67 members of Vasundhara Group Housing Society had been cleared but there was some delay in issuing letters to them.
He told the court that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) now had to hold a draw of lots for the flats.
Taking note of the special registrar’s submission, the bench directed the DDA to hold the draw of lots within four weeks.
The court was hearing a petition filed by members of the Vasundhara society, who alleged that the RCS had not cleared the names of applicants for 67 flats despite the fact that they were eligible for allotment.
“The construction of the society’s flats was completed six years ago and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had also given clearance to it after investigating the Rs.4,000-crore housing scam of 2005, following which the court had directed the registrar’s office to pave the way for allotment of flats,” said the petitioners.
More than 100 housing societies had come under the CBI’s scanner during the scam. Most of the societies were later cleared by the investigating agency, following which the court directed the registrar’s office to fast-track the allotment of flats to genuine society members.
In a first information report (FIR) in March 2005, the CBI named some officials of the registrar office, accusing them of having misused their position to fraudulently revive a group housing society registered in 1983 and taking a plot from the government, causing loss to the exchequer.
The CBI registered a case following the high court’s direction.