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Commercial complex on plot for housing society

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 16, 2012
First Published: 01:47 IST(16/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:49 IST(16/12/2012)

Pointing to yet another housing society scam in the city, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party (AAP) on Saturday released documents revealing that a plot of land allotted by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) in Oshiwara to a co-operative housing society for residential use was converted to build a commercial complex.

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AAP has alleged that public works minister Chhagan Bhujbal’s nephew Sameer Bhujbal and son Pankaj Bhujbal are linked to this scam through a construction firm Bhavesh Builders Private Limited.

In 2002, Mhada allotted land to Tulsi Co-operative Housing Society with 11 registered members for constructing a residential complex. Tulsi, promoted by one Prasanth Sawant, entered into an agreement in 2003 with Bhavesh Builders Private Limited to construct and develop this plot.

However, when the building was constructed, it was a commercial complex called Platinum Court.The  property has been sold out to new buyers with none of the earlier registered members figuring as the new occupants.

Till 2009, as per records of the ministry of corporate affairs, NCP MP Sameer Bhujbal and NCP MLA Pankaj Bhujbal public works minister Chhagan Bhujbal were directors of Bhavesh.

“The entire modus operandi was to grab prime real estate plot. Tulsi CHS was a front for Bhavesh Builders to corner land. The commercial complex Platinum Court that is built here is worth Rs. 200 crore and it is built on government land got at a concessional rate for building housing society," said Sanjay Parmar, volunteer of AAP, who got several documents under RTI on the issue.

Mhada authorities refused to answer questions raised by AAP.

When contacted, Sameer Bhujbal said: “I no longer have any ties with Bhavesh Builders and I had no stake or interest in that co-operative housing society. When I was with the firm, we were contracted by the housing society to construct a building.’’ He said he and his cousin opted out of the project and the firm. “This is some old case that is being dug out to malign us. We quit the firm long ago and have no idea what is the current status of the project."

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