Preferential allotment of land draws SC flak

 The Supreme Court on Wednesday deplored that in 90 per cent of land allotments, people who are well off and enjoy political influence get preference.

Hearing a case relating to land allotment scam in Uttar Pradesh, a three-judge bench presided over by Justice G S Singhvi told Noida CEO Rama Raman to apprise the court of the parameters adopted for allotment of plots in the satellite town of national capital.

The court rejected a “vague” affidavit filed by the top official.

“The affidavit by Rama Raman, CEO Noida, has failed to comply with direction of this court.

 Let him file a better affidavit, disclosing names of the allottees, the dates on which the plots were allotted, the basis of conversion of plots, position of the plots etc,” the bench, also comprising Justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and Kurian Joseph said.

“We can see number of people initially allotted in far off sectors of Noida but they finally get the plots in Sector 14 and 14-A, near the highway and obviously at a better place. We have noticed this in several cases and we find that almost 90 per cent of the allotments are usually malicious. People with political and economical clouts get the lion's share, Uttar Pradesh was no different,” the bench observed.

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