An FIR has been registered against 14 businessmen and establishments, including K M Goenka, Vinod Goenka and Shahid Balwa, for allegedly cheating and misleading the Maharashtra government, besides the court, to illegally claim prime land measuring 326 acres in the Yeravada area.
The names of the 14 accused who figure in the FIR are Mukund Bhavan Trust, Mukunddas Murlidhar Lohiya (both from Pune), Bansilal Kabra (Nashik), Khushalchand Chandak (Buldhana), Purushottam Lohiya, Ramesh Kabra, Niranjan Hiranandani, (all from Pune), K M Goenka, Hills Side Constructions Ltd, Vinod K Goenka, D B Realty Pvt Ltd, Shahid Balwa (all from Mumbai), Panchasheel Tech Park and Premsagar Hotels Ltd (both from Pune).
The FIR which was filed at Shivajinagar police station in Pune by Right To Information (RTI) activist Ravi Barhate on July 21 alleged that the accused connived to fraudulently claim government land as "soil grant entitlement" in the name of a city-based "Mukund Bhavan Trust" (accused number one) to extract various permissions as well as concessions, by misrepresenting it as a registered public charitable trust in 1989.
Allegedly, this was done to utilise 79 acres, which is a partial allotment out of 326 acres, for commercial purposes.
A case was registered under Sections 463, 464, 467, 468, 471 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code by the Shivajinagar police against the 14 accused on July 21, based on an FIR filed by Ravi Barhate, the RTI activist who had initially approached the divisional revenue commissioner with a written complaint in the matter on December 13, 2013.