with the condition that 44 per cent of the land be reserved for accommodation of married Army officers. The builder challenged this condition in the Supreme Court, which dismissed his petition in September 2006. In July 2008, Station Commander, HQ Pune Sub Area recommended the GOC-in-C to revoke the approval given in January 2006 to the plan submitted by the builder. In December 2008, HQ Pune Sub Area, however, reversed its own recommendation and suggested that an amicable “out of court” settlement could be arrived at, to withdraw the condition of reservation of 44 per cent area for accommodation for officers.
“The GOC-in-C accepted the suggestion and agreed (December 2008) to withdraw the condition in lieu of three flats, each of minimum area of 1200 sq ft, in Magarpatta city, 7.9 km from the bungalow. Southern Command, by authorising this deal, not only operated outside the framework of CLA Rules, the original terms of lease and the intent of the court’s direction but also seriously compromised the interest of the Army by accepting an inferior property for an incredibly short period in lieu of right to exploit a highly valuable piece of land in prime area of Pune with virtually no limitations on usage,” the report says.
Southern Command officials refused to comment on the report.