Geetanjali Minhas | April 12, 2012
An NGO has filed a fresh complain with the anti-corruption bureau against ex-chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, a few government officials and judges for allotment of land reserved for providing shelter to the people without shelter to a society of Bombay high court judges.
The complain says that Deshmukh ordered his subordinates to change the development plan reservation as set out in Maharshtra Regional Town Planning Act so that the said land could be allocated to judges. The orders were given to CS Sangeetrao, the then collector Mumbai, SS Zende, the then collector Mumbai suburban, RC Joshi, principal secretary, dept of revenue & forest and Ramanand Tiwari, principal secretary urban development department.
As per the complain, even before a decision was taken to allot the land, a letter of intent was issued to Nyay Sagar CHS. Although the final decision of allotting the land to society was taken on 22.6.2004, its possession was given to the society on 26.3.2003. Maharashtra Land Revenue Code does not provide for such provisional allotment of land prior to taking decision regarding allotment of land.
“To do this, judges met Deshmukh at his residence in 2002. Judges used their official high court letterheads for personal purpose which was ‘inappropriate and abuse of official power’”.
The NGO further says that Nyay Sagar CHS members used the society for pecuniary private profit at people’s cost as the later gave all the flats on Leave & License Basis at a monthly rent of approximately one lakh without any of the society members coming to live on the said premises.
When contacted, Sanjiv Dayal, director general, ACB, said, “We have received the complaint and will proceed after we receive a nod from the state government.”
The society had come into limelight last year after another group moved the supreme court for an investigation.
The complaint has also named members of the Nyaysagar cooperative housing society which includes justices Vijay Chaganlalji Daga, Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar, S Radhakrishnan, Sharad Arvind Bobde, Prasankumar Vinayak Kakde, Rajender Lodha, GD Patil, HE Rebello, DK Deshmukh, DB Bhosale, DG Karnik and DY Chandrachud.
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