City police on Sunday lodged an FIR against 16 persons, including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, state education minister Rajendra Darda, and MP Vijay Darda, besides other government officials, in connection with an alleged land scam.
The offence has been registered on last week's directive of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Yavatmal KS Kulkarni, based on a petition filed by one Digambar Pajgade, police said.
The complainant had alleged that two plots ad measuring 76,172 sq feet and 59,000 sq feet meant for open space in Darda Nagar Society in the district were illegally occupied by the Jawaharlal Darda Education Society, with the connivance the Wadgaon Gram Panchayat officials, under the influence of the Dardas.
Thereafter, the trust constructed and ran a school and a junior college on the plot.
The complainant claimed that Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda channelised a sum of Rs 34.53 lakh from his MPLD fund for the construction of the buildings.
Pajgade further alleged that the Society later applied for permission to revise the originally approved layout plan for the plots, which was against the prevailing law. But flouting norms Chavan instructed the then Yavatmal Collector to approve the layout plan.
According to a police official, after recording the statement of Pajgade, the 16 accused were booked by Wadgaon Road Police Station under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.