Mumbai: Instances of politicians cutting
across the spectrum using an apparent loophole in rules to
sell flats under the chief minister`s discretionary quota, to
make a killing, have surfaced in Maharashtra.
Existing norms permit sale of flats allotted under the
Chief Minister`s discretionary quota after five years.
The beneficiaries, most of whom sold the flats, include
sons of BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, Shiv Sena MLC
Ramdas Kadam, Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam`s wife Geeta, state
ministers Vijay Wadettiwar and Padmakar Walvi, Subodh, son of
senior Sena leader Subhash Desai, MNS MLA Shishir Shinde and
Shiv Sena MP Bhawna Gawli.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan`s close aide from Nanded,
Omprakash Pokarna and wife were allotted a flat in 1995, which
they sold in 2004.
Union Minister of State in the PMO, Prithviraj Chavan, a
beneficiary of the quota, however, did not sell his flat,
according to information obtained by social activist Anil
Galgali through Right to Information law.
Following are some of the prominent names of flat
recipients, dates of allotment and sale of the flats: Ramdas
Kadam 3/8/1993 and 7/2/2005, Geeta Sanjay Nirupam 9/9/1998 and
17/12/2004, Vijay Wadettiwar 1/8/2000 and 13/10/2005, Subhash
Desai 2/1/1996 and 21/2/2003, Padmakar Walvi 15/01/2003 and
16/06/2009, Shishir Shinde 29/03/1996 and 29/052006, Bhawana
Gawali 4/12/2001 and 21/012009.