Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday
directed Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane to file
a reply by July 4 on a PIL alleging that he illegally released
39.25 acres of land belonging to a temple trust at Sinnar in
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and
Justice DG Karnik was hearing a petition filed by Sinnar
resident Sanjay Deshpande alleging that Rane, in his capacity
as revenue minister then, did not have powers to release
portion of the land.
According to the petition, Rane had passed an order of
converting 39.25 acres of prime agricultural land belonging to
the Chitleshwar Devasthan Trust to non-agricultural land.
"This order brought the land, which did not even come
under the Revenue department`s jurisdiction, into tax bracket
and facilitated its sale by some relatives of the deceased
trustees," Deshpande claimed.
Within five days of Rane`s order last November, the
land was sold.
"The impact of this order was that the land was
treated as personal property and not the property of the
Trust," Deshpande alleged.
Chitleshwar Devsthan Trust had 73 acres and 11 gunthas
of land. One Arvind Vaidya and 15 others had approached Rane,
who was revenue minister then, and sought its release saying
that it belonged to their ancestors.