The Delhi High Court has issued summons to the Registrar, Co-operative Societies for not clearing names of eligible members, who have been waiting to occupy flats in various group housing societies. Directing the Registrar of the Co-operative Group Housing Societies to appear in person , a bench of justices Pradeep Nandrajog and S P Garg asked him to explain the delay in clearing names of members in various societies in Dwaraka.
“We direct the personal presence of Registrar Co-operative Societies in the court along with the relevant record, in the company of the sub-ordinate officers who have dealt with the relevant files,” the bench noted.
The High Court also pulled up the senior most officer for not complying with its previous orders to clear the names of eligible members as they have taken loans from various banks but did not get the possession.
“Enough is enough, you cannot hold the court to ransom. We will make him to do his home work here by making him sit in a corner of the court and finish his work,” the court said.
The court’s order came after an application filed by a group of members of ‘Vasudhara Society’ alleging that the office of Registrar has not cleared the names for 67 flats despite the fact that they are eligible.
According to them, the construction of the society was done six years ago and CBI has also given clearance to it after investigating a Rs 4,000 crore housing scam following which the court had directed the registrar office to allot the flats but nothing has been done so far.
More than 100 housing societies had come under the scanner of CBI, probing a housing scam unearthed in 2005, but after a few years the agency had given clearance to majority of the societies, following which the court had directed the registrar’s office to allot the flats to genuine members.
In an FIR in March 2005, CBI had named some officials of the registrar office accusing them of having misused their official position to have fraudulently revived a group housing society registered in 1983 and taking a plot from the government, causing loss to the exchequer.
The CBI had registered a case following the High Court directive.