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Retd Supreme Court Judge to mediate in Bombay Parsi Panchayat flat allotment

A retired Supreme Court judge is likely to be appointed as an arbitrator to sort out the issue of the allotment of 104 flats meant for poor members of the Parsi-Irani community in Mumbai by the Bombay Parsi Punchayat (BPP).

The Bombay high court on Tuesday asked the charity commissioner not to take any further steps according to his order on the allotment. A division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice Dhanajay Chandrachud has slated the next hearing for Monday when the name of the retired judge will be submitted.

 

“The name of the arbitrator has to be agreed to by both the parties,” said senior advocate Rafiq Dada, counsel for the petitioner. The BPP is in charge of over 4,500 flats in Parsi enclaves of Cusrow Baug at Colaba, Rustom Baug at Byculla, Godrej Baug at Nepean Sea Road among other locations. Given their prime locations, the flats are much sought after. According to rules, BPP leases the flats to well-to-do members from the community who pay a hefty deposit. The rest of the flats are allotted to members from lower income groups and couples about to get married who do not have a home.

Following a recommendation by the former trustees of the BPP, in January, the charity commissioner had passed allotment orders for 104 flats.

The newly-elected trustees, however, alleged irregularities. BPP chairman Dinshaw Mehta and four other trustees moved court to challenge the order.

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