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.

Original article here.

  • phiroz

    I have always maintained that it is essential to have an Office of Ombudsman in BPP. It will
    1. Save the Trustees from criticism and brickbats;
    2.Inspire confidence on Common Parsees,
    3.Impart transparency in deals,
    4. Most importantly, reduce litigation costs.
    5. Stop airing og grievances, genuine or otherwise in media.
    I had put up this suggestion earlier last week on Parsi Khabar but the moderator for reasons best known to him deleted my Comments.

  • MR.BEHARAM NARIMAN MUNSHI

    TO WHOMSOEVER IT MAY CONCERN…..

    I HAVE SLOGGED SINCE MANY MANY YEARS TO GET A FLAT AND REALLY BEGGED PARSI PUNCHAYAT TO ALLOT ME A FLAT WHICH MY FATHER HAD APPLIED YEARS BACK BUT SORRY TO STATE THAT MY FATHER HAS EXPIRED IN 1991 BUT TILL DATE THEY DO NOT HAVE TIME AND ONE FLAT TO ALLOT TO US…. MY MOTHER HAS JUST COME FROM HOSPITAL AND SHE IS 81 YEARS AND DOCTOR HAS TOLD US TO TO MAKE HER CLIMB THE LADDERS AS HER HEART IS WEAK… AT PRESENT I AM STAYING WITH MY MOTHER, WIFE AND MY 16 YEARS OF DAUGHTER AT MY BROTHERS FLAT ON 4 TH FLOOR AND THE BUILDING IS NOT HAVING LIFT. BUT MY BROTHER IS NOW REQUESTING ME TO VACATE THE FLAT AS HE NEEDS TO COME BACK AND STAY OVER HERE WITH HIS FAMILY WHO AT PRESENT ARE STAYING IN PUNE AND IS WORKING IN GODREJ OVER THERE.

    I WILL REALLY APPRECIATE IF SOMEBODY WILL LOOK INTO THE MATTER AND TRY TO HELP ME OUT FOR THE SAME OR ELSE I FEEL THERE IS NO MEANING OF OPENING AND RUNNING THIS CHARITABLE TRUST WHO REALLY CANNOT HELP THE REALLY NEEDED ONES AND JUST WORK FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ALLREADY HAVING MONEY….
    AWAITING YOUR REPLY TO HELP ME…..