CBI probe ordered into Kandivili land case

Defence Ministry has ordered a CBI inquiry into the Kandivili land case where a defence land in Mumbai was given to a private company for development.

New Delhi: Defence Ministry has ordered a CBI inquiry into the Kandivili land case where a defence land in Mumbai was given to a private company for further development, the Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.
In a written reply, Defence Minister A K Antony said,
"The Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been completed in the case and
it has been handed over to CBI on November 30." The CoI was
conducted by Headquarters Southern Command.

Army Headquarters (AHQ) had also recommended that the
case pertaining to the sale of 13.28 acres of land which was
ordered by the Collector of Mumbai Suburban District to a
private party be investigated by the CBI.

In 2007, Collector, Mumbai Suburban District, allotted
the land adjacent to Central Ordnance Depot (COD) to Neo
Pharma limited after receiving its market value, Antony told
the House.
"This was objected to by COD and Defence Estates Officer
(DEO) on the grounds that this formed part of Defence land on
hire. Collector was also informed that COD will not permit any
agency to take possession of Defence Land without approval of
Ministry of Defence," he said.

However, their objections were overruled by the
Collector.

But COD persisted with its objections and resisted
handing over possession of the said land, he added.

Subsequently, at the direction of Headquarters, Southern
Command, all obstacles were removed and Neo Pharma was
permitted to go ahead with the planned development of the
Plot, he added.

"After considering the matter, government has asked AHQ
to ascertain either by holding a CoI or otherwise as to how
Headquarters Southern Command relinquished claim on the said
land," Antony said.

PTI

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