Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today issued a
notice to former chairman of Ajit Sahakar Nagar Bank and an
employee of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader
Ajit Pawar and directed him to file an affidavit giving
details of his property transactions, mode of investments and
properties held by him.
A division bench of Justice B H Marlapalle and Justice
U D Salvi was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed
by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar who alleged that Pawar`s
employee Shivaji Kale was a member of scam-tainted Adarsh
Co-operative Housing Society and had obtained a flat by
giving false information in the affidavit.
According to Tirodkar, Kale, in an affidavit filed before
a collector in 2004, had said that his net taxable income per
month was Rs 12,000.
Tirodkar, in his PIL, said Kale was allotted an apartment
in the Society on the "strength of this affidavit and
recommendation of Ajit Pawar".
Kale had in his affidavit filed before the High Court on
December 2008 while seeking anticipatory bail in a case lodged
against him said he and his wife owned more than 70 properties
worth crores of rupees, the PIL said.
Tirodkar alleged Kale in the affidavit filed before
the court did not mention about the flat in the Adarsh Housing
The High Court has given Kale four weeks to file his