Saturday, November 10, 2012

SC stay on concessional plots for MPs, MLAs

AHMEDABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has asked the Gujarat government not to allot plots at concessional rates to MPs and MLAs in Gandhinagar on the basis of a PIL filed by lawyer Maulin Barot. He had earlier filed a PIL in the Gujarat high court (HC), but it was dismissed on technical ground.

The government cannot allot 330 sq m plot in the state capital to elected representatives till the Gujart HC does not come to any conclusion on a PIL it had taken suo motu in 2000. Then a division bench of Justice B C Patel and Justice R R Tripathi had on its own initiated proceedings against the state government's scheme to allot plots to all government employees that are transferred to Gandhinagar.

When Barot moved SC, a bench of Justice D K Jain and Justice M B Lokur stayed the scheme of allotment of plots and asked the HC to take a final decision in six months on the suo motu petition of 2000 on whether such plots can be given to anybody at all.

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