Mumbai: Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Thursday declined to comment on the latest CAG report which is said to have indicted him over a land allotment in Mumbai.
"I would not like to comment on a leaked report. Let the government table it in the legislature, then I will react," Deshmukh told a news agency from his hometown Latur, over phone.
The CAG report, yet to be tabled in the Maharashtra legislature, reportedly raps Deshmukh for arbitrary allotment of a plot in Mumbai to a trust founded by him, when he was the chief minister.
Accordingly, a 23,840-sq metre plot in suburban Borivali was allotted to Manjra Charitable Trust by the state government on September 28, 2005 for setting up a dental college, at an `occupancy price` of Rs 6.56 crore.
There were four applicants for the plot, and Deshmukh approved the application of Manjra Charitable Trust without assigning any specific reason, the CAG report purportedly says.
When asked about yesterday`s Supreme Court`s decision in the Whistling Woods case, affirming High Court`s decision to cancel allotment of land to Subhash Ghai`s film institute during Deshmukh`s tenure, the former chief minister again refused to comment, saying the matter was sub-judice.
"I have filed an appeal in the Supreme Court to get the remarks passed against me by the High Court in connection with the case removed. Notices have been issued and a four weeks` time has been given to file replies," Deshmukh added.