Chhagan Bhujbal-run trust's building inspected

Mumbai: The Charity Commissioner's office on Saturday inspected a building of Mumbai Educational Trust, controlled by Maharashtra PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, in suburban Bandra following reports that the minister's kin was using it to run a furniture shop.

Officials, including Assistant Charity Commissioner Mangesh Deshpande, carried out the inspection, as ordered by the state Joint Charity Commissioner Sharadkumar Patil.

The order came after a MET trustee, Sunil Karve, pointed out how Bhujbal's daughters-in-law were using one full floor as a furniture shop. Another floor was being used by Bhujbal almost as an office-cum-residence, he said.

The team inspected the 8th and 10th floors of the MET building and will submit a report on April 11.

Patil also directed Deshpande to take a video footage as well as photographs of the two floors of the Trust building and submit the same along with the report.

Patil's order temporarily restrained the respondents from using the two floors for "any purpose other than the objects of the Trust or use the said premises for any purpose which is contrary to the approved plan of the BMC."

The inspection comes after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in a yet-to-be-tabled report apparently slammed Bhujbal for doling out land to his family-controlled MET.