Bhopal: Premises of two builders, ex-municipal officer raided

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jan 09, 2015 18:48 IST

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday raided the premises of two builders and a former chief municipal officer in connection with alleged irregularities in granting permission to build a colony.

The builder and his partner had allegedly got permission to develop a colony on a 22-acre land in Kolar locality of Bhopal without meeting requisite formalities in collusion with former chief Kolar Municipal Council officer Rajesh Srivasatva in 2012.

The permission was rejected in April 2010 on technical grounds. But, in March 2012 not only building permission was granted but a completion certificate was issued within 13 days.

On November 27, 2013, the EOW had registered a case in this regard against 16 persons and during the probe found that the relevant files regarding the granting of permission to Swadesh Developers and Colonizers were missing.

The Thursday raids were in connection with the missing files case and underhand dealings regarding the permission. Superintendent of police (SP EOW Bhopal) Shashikant Shukla said, "We have seized important documents and electronic gadgets, including computers and CPUs. The documents are being scrutinised." The EOW sleuths during the day raided five premises of two builders and the former chief municipal officer.

The search was conducted at the office of Swadesh Developers and Colonizers on Kolar road, at the house of chief managing director of Swadesh Developers & Colonizers Nitin Agrawal in Chuna Bhatti, partner of Swadesh Developers & Colonizers P Raju in Golden City on Hoshangabad road, former chief municipal officer (CMO) Rajesh Shrivastava's house in Chinar Fortune City on Hoshangabad road and former KMC sub-engineer Vinod Tripathi in Parika Society in Chuna Bhatti.

The 16 persons against whom the EOW had earlier registered a case, included Swadesh Builders & Developers and some government officials. Those who have been made accused are partner of Swadesh Builders and Developers- Nitin Agrawal and P Raju, the then chairmen of Sarvadharma Housing Society Mohammed Riyaz Khan and Munabbar Khan, CMO of Kolar municipal Rajesh Srivastava, accounts officer Vinod Jain, sub engineer Vinod Tripathi and others.

Detailing the case, EOW officials said former chairman of Sarvadharm Housing Society had allegedly sold land (about 22.72 acre) to Swadesh Builders & Developers, without taking the society members into confidence. The builder later obtained the building permission fraudulently in connivance with Kolar Municipal Council officers and some officers of the revenue department.

Following complaints about irregularities in 25 building permissions issued by Kolar Municipal Council, EOW sleuths had carried out a search at municipal Council's office in Kolar about two months ago but seized documents related to only 19 building permissions. The documents related to six building permissions, including Swadesh Builders, which have developed Palace Orchard Colony on Kolar road could not be found.

Director Swadesh Developers and Colonisers Naman Agrawal said, "We had completed all the formalities before starting construction on the project. The documents have gone missing from municipal council office and officers concering are responsible for that. The EOW officials have come to my house, just as part of their investigation. This is not a big issue."

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