New Delhi: Supreme Court cleared the decks for prosecution of corporation-level NCP leaders in Naldurg civic body in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district for their alleged role in a scam relating to cheap housing for poor and backward classes, which comes two years after a Jalgaon trial court convicted two former state ministers for involvement in a similar scam.
A bench of Justices L N Rao and S R Bhat dismissed petitions by those allegedly involved in the scam. They had challenged a Bombay high court decision to allow Jalgaon district administration to take investigations to their logical conclusion, including recovery of excess amount paid to the builder and launching prosecution of those responsible for irregularities. The petitions of Shaikh Ansar Ahmad Md Hussain, N S Jahagirdar, Abdul Rehman Khan, Uday Ambadas Jagdake, Nayyarpasha Ajjadali Jahagirdar, Nirmala Arvind Gaikwad and Minar Constructions, Latur, were dismissed.
Two PILs were filed before HC, which claimed that under the Centre’s Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme for construction of 1.05 lakh dwelling units, in which the Centre’s share of the cost was 80% and the rest to be borne by the state, Naldurg municipal council floated a tender for construction of 1,206 units for the poor, of which 737 were meant for persons from reserved category and the rest for general category. The total cost of the project was Rs 21 crore. After irregular allotment of the project to a builder, only 302…

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