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Sena demands inquiry into ‘land scams’ during Rane’s tenure

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 06, 2011
First Published: 01:39 IST(6/1/2011) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(6/1/2011)

A delegation of Shiv Sena leaders on Wednesday met Maharashtra Governor K Sankarnarayanan demanding an inquiry into alleged land scams which took place when Narayan Rane was the revenue minister.

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The delegation was led by senior Sena leader Subhash Desai, who submitted a letter to the governor with a list of alleged scams.

“A separate inquiry of land scams by Rane should be conducted. We also want you to instruct the state government that any land deal by him in his capacity as an industry minister should be transparent," Desai said in the letter.

The Sena leader alleged that the state lost revenue of crores of rupees after Rane de-reserved several government plots in favour of individuals or private companies. Interestingly, the Sena is demanding sactions against their own one-time comrade.

Recently the Central Empowered Committee, in its report to the Supreme Court, has recommended Rane’s prosecution for illegal diversion of huge tracts of forest land worth hundreds of crores of rupees to developers in Pune.

Rane was in the Sena when this alleged act was committed. The delegation also demanded better compensation for farmers whose lands had been taken over by the government. They also sought better compensation for farmers of Marathwada and north Maharashtra. The delegation also demanded that until rehabilitation was not carried out work on the infrastructure projects should not commence.

The governor assured the delegation that he will take up the issue with the government.

(With inputs from agencies)

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