Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday sought an
action-taken report from the Urban Development Department of
after inquiry report on multi-crore Urban Land Ceiling Act
(ULCA) scam in Pune district revealed 63 new cases of
In a response to the PIL filed by BJP spokesperson Madhav
Bhandari, the court had earlier asked appointed divisional
commissioner Sudhakar Joshi to scrutinise over 230 files and
submit a report.
"The report was submitted to the court today and it
recommends action in 63 news cases," said advocate Ganesh
Sovani, the petitioner`s lawyer.
Earlier, 29 criminal cases were filed in Pune in
connection with the scam. "The court also asked the court
registrar to keep the copy of the Joshi report in a sealed
cover," said Sovani.
The action taken report has to be filed by principal
secretary of Urban Development department by January 17,
division bench of Justices B H Marlapalle and U D Salvi
The scam relates to use of fabricated certificates under
ULCA in obtaining permission for non-agriculture use and
The scam came to light in 2005 when the deputy
collector`s office in Pune received a fabricated certificate
under ULCA, declaring a piece of land in Wakad, near Pune, as
Under ULCA (now repealed), an individual can hold only
500 sq mt of land in an urban area. Rest of the land is
declared surplus but it can be regularised if the owner
surrenders five per cent of total land to government. A
certificate declaring land to be non-surplus is then issued.
When authorities started the probe, they initially found
out that in 29 cases, sanctions for construction had been
obtained on the basis of fake non-surplus certificates.