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Court asks ACB to inquire into complaint against Hiranandani

According to the complaint, out of the government-sanctioned built-up area, Hiranandani utilised only a part, while the rest was converted into luxury apartments and sold at a premium price


Mumbai: A special court has directed the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to inquire into a criminal complaint case filed against real estate developer Niranjan Hiranandani in connection with alleged irregularities in a housing project, reports PTI.

The court directed the ACB while hearing the complaint filed by activist Santosh Daundkar against Hiranandani for allegedly cheating the government by using a government land to his benefit.

According to the complaint, in 1977, the state had announced the Powai Housing Development Scheme for the economically weaker sections (EWS), to be implemented over 140 hectares.

In 1986, the state government signed an agreement with Hiranandani, and handed over 230 acres on an 80-year lease at the rate of 40 paise per acre. The builder was asked to build flats for EWS and sell them at the rate of Rs150 per sq ft.

However, an inquiry conducted in 2009 revealed that out of the government-sanctioned built-up area, the developer had utilised only a part, while the rest was converted into luxury apartments, which were sold at a premium price, the complaint said.


TDSAT gives split verdict on 3G roaming

While the TDSAT chairman allowed telecom operators' plea against the government's directive to stop intra circle 3G roaming, the tribunal's member dismissed it saying they cannot provide roaming


New Delhi: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on Monday gave a split verdict in the 3G intra-circle roaming case with its Chairman allowing operators' plea against the government order to stop the service, while its member dismissed it, reports PTI.

The two member bench comprising TDSAT chairman Justice SB Sinha and member PK Rastogi differed in their findings.

Justice Sinha allowed telecom operators' plea against the government's directive to stop intra circle 3G roaming saying that it was violative of natural justice. Rastogi, however, dismissed telecom operators’ plea saying they cannot provide roaming.

The chairman was of view that the DoT had not followed the proper procedure and the operators were not given proper time to put their views.

According to Justice Sinha it was a violation of natural justice. Setting aside the Department of Telecom (DoT)'s order to operators to stop  intra circle roaming (ICR), he asked DoT to start the procedure afresh by giving proper time to operators to respond.

Meanwhile, Rastogi dismissed the appeal of telecom operators saying that they can't provide 3G services by having mere 2G licence.

TDSAT has a sanctioned strength of three people including the Chairman. However, due to retirement of its technical member the tribunal now has two people, which led to the split verdict.

The TDSAT had concluded its marathon hearing on the plea in April.

The tribunal had conducted in-chamber proceedings on the matter, at the request of the operators as they feared leakage of details and cost inputs of their respective ICR agreements.

The tribunal was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by the operators - Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel and Tata Tele - challenging the December 23 directions of the Department of Telecom (DoT) to scrap the pacts within 24 hours.

In an interim order on 24th December, the TDSAT had asked DoT not to take any coercive action against the operators till further orders for their 3G roaming pacts.

Earlier, the operators had handed over the copies of their ICR to DoT on the direction of the TDSAT.

On 16th February, the tribunal had asked them to explain as to how they would compensate the government if they lose the case.


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