Mumbai: A Shiv Sena legislator on Monday moved
a breach of privilege notice against Maharashtra Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan for "misleading" the Assembly on a
housing society promoted by top bureaucrats and police
The MLA, Subhash Desai, said Chavan, who heads Urban
Development portfolio, had given directives to regularise the
illegal constructions at Patliputra Housing Society in
suburban Mumbai, even when the Speaker had withheld the
question when it came up in the House for discussion.
The issue was first discussed in the winter session of
the legislature at Nagpur last year and the Speaker had
withheld the question (for discussion in Budget session) on
alleged illegality committed on the plot on which the housing
Chavan had admitted that there was illegality and
ordered the police to file an FIR. The CM had also promised a
judicial inquiry if the the Economic Offences Wing of the
police found concrete evidence of irregularities.
The plot in Versova was allotted by the Government to
the society members in 1999 on condition that only 15 per cent
of the land could be used for commercial purposes.
However, it was later found that more than 15 per cent
of the land had been used for commercial purposes, and instead
of small shops, for which the permission was given, the
society had allowed a mega shopping area to come up.