Maha BJP alleges Rs 15,000 crore land scam in Pune

Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Eknath Khadse alleged a land scam to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2011, 23:37 PM IST

Mumbai: Leader of the Opposition in the
Maharashtra Assembly Eknath Khadse on Friday alleged a land scam
to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad
and sought to establish business links between DB Realty`s
Shahid Balwa and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar`s family.

Initiating a debate on the alleged nexus between land
mafia and government officials, Khadse said all correspondence
for government permission?to construct a five-star hotel and
an IT park on a government land in Yerwada, Pune was done by
Balwa.

The government land was procured by Mukund Bhavan Trust in
the early 1990s and added that it was not a charity trust.

"The partners are DB Realty and Panchsheel Tech Park.
Supriya Sule and her husband Sadanand Sule are the promoters
of Panchsheel along with Atul Chordia, Varsha Chordia, Sagar
Ishwardas Chordia and Purshottam Lohia," he alleged.

Khadse said in 1964, a court had rejected claims of Mukund
Bhawan Trust on the ownership of the government land in
Yerwada.

"It was only after Srinivas Patil became collector of Pune
in 1990, the land was transferred in the name of Mukund Bhawan
Trust suo motu through an out of court settlement without any
government directive," he alleged.

Patil had joined the NCP and defeated current Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan from Karad Lok Sabha constituency
later.

Khadse demanded a stay on the ongoing constructions and
sought CBI enquiry into the issue.

The Opposition Leader said he has great hopes on Chavan
for his promise of transparent administration and thanked him
for expediting the investigations into the Ramoshi Watan land
scam in Pune and ensuring that 102 acre land was brought under
government control.

PTI