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JAMMU: In a much publicised PIL filed by a practising lawyer Irtiza Mushtaq Salaria highlighting illegal allotment of shops/flats/garages and other municipal assets by Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), a Division Bench of Jammu & Kashmir High Court comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sindhu Sharma after hearing Adv Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed for PIL, directed Jammu Municipal Corporation to disclose norms/criteria for allotment.When PIL came-up for hearing, the Division Bench observed that the public interest litigation is continuing for last four years. The main grievance of the petitioner is that JMC had allotted 13 flats and land of a pound to its officers without following any procedure of law in an arbitrary manner. These officers/employees were not entitled to any such allotment as probably for their residential purposes, separate houses were constructed in Shakti Nagar, Jammu which have been allotted to political leaders.Adv Sachin Gupta, appearing for JMC, was called upon to justify allotment of the flats and land of the pound in favour of private respondents and to demonstrate the procedure which was followed in the aforesaid allotment. Adv Sachin Gupta was called upon to show service rules entitling officers/employees to allotment as also object of the construction of the aforesaid houses and whether same have been utilised for the purpose for which they were constructed. DB further directed that in case any flat has been allotted to a private person, Adv Sachin Gupta would explain how and in what manner the aforesaid allotment has been made without issuing any advertisement or inviting applications from public at large.
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