BJP steps up attack on Pawar; alleges land scam near Pune

Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Eknath Khadse BJP alleged that 326 acres of land in Pune was illegally handed over to a trust and Pawar`s daughter and son-in-law own shares in a technology park.

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2011, 16:18 PM IST

Mumbai: Stepping up the attack on NCP chief
Sharad Pawar, Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly
Eknath Khadse (BJP) on Friday alleged that 326 acres of land in
Pune was illegally handed over to a trust and Pawar`s daughter
and son-in-law own shares in a technology park, which will be
build on a portion of that land.

In 1989 the then Pune collector Shrinivas Patil, who
later became member of parliament from NCP, facilitated
transfer of the land at Yerwada to Mukund Bhawan Trust, Khadse
informed the lower House.

"Pawar`s daughter Supriya Sule and her husband Sadanand
Sule own 909 shares each in the Panchasheel Tech Park being
built on a portion of the said land. Apart from this, Balwa`s
company is building a luxury hotel on an adjoining portion of
the land," Khadse claimed.

The information has been obtained under RTI by a Pune
based social activist, he said.

The trust had initially laid claim on 3.26 acres of land
but after Patil`s intervention, was allotted 326 acres land,
Khadse said, adding, the state government later changed the
reservation of the land from non-residential to residential.

The entire land "scam" is to the tune of 15000 crore,
Khadse claimed, adding, it has been perpetuated due to
political patronage.

The senior BJP leader had yesterday alleged that Pawar
and his wife had traveled to Dubai last year in a plane
belonging to Shahid Balwa owned D B Realty Company.

PTI