FIR against Ashok Chavan, 14 others in land scam

An FIR against 16 persons, including former Maha CM Ashok Chavan, was lodged in connection with an alleged land scam.

Yavatmal: City police on Sunday lodged an FIR
against 16 persons, including former Maharashtra Chief
Minister Ashok Chavan, state Education minister Rajendra
Darda, and MP Vijay Darda, besides other government officials,
in connection with an alleged land scam.

The offence has been registered on last week`s directive
of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Yavatmal KS Kulkarni,
based on a petition filed by one Digambar Pajgade, police

The complainant had alleged that two plots ad measuring
76,172 sq feet and 59,000 sq feet meant for open space in
Darda Nagar Society in the district were illegally occupied by
the Jawaharlal Darda Education Society, with the connivance
the Wadgaon Gram Panchayat officials, under the influence of
the Dardas.

Thereafter, the trust constructed and ran a school and a
junior college on the plot.

The complainant claimed that Rajya Sabha member Vijay
Darda channelised a sum of Rs 34.53 lakh from his MPLD fund
for the construction of the buildings.

Pajgade further alleged that the Society later applied
for permission to revise the originally approved layout plan
for the plots, which was against the prevailing law. But
flouting norms Chavan instructed the then Yavatmal Collector
to approve the layout plan.

According to a police official, after recording the
statement of Pajgade, the 16 accused were booked by Wadgaon
Road Police Station under relevant sections of the Indian
Penal Code.


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