The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday sought details of action taken in irregular allotment of 85 Public Utility (PU) lands in the city to politicians and influential persons who have misused the prime lands for other purposes. The list includes who's who of local politics.
Acting tough against inaction of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and State Government against such influential persons, except completing paper formalities, a division bench comprising Justice Dilip Sinha and Justice F M Reis, directed the NIT, the local urban development authority and Urban Development Department to furnish details of action taken so far against such irregular allotments of PU plots. A one-man enquiry committee headed by then Additional Chief Secretary Navin Kumar confirmed irregular allotments.
In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), one Anil Wadpalliwar, a social worker, alleged that massive irregularities, abuse and misuse of powers by NIT officials and trustees while allotting the PU land. During a detailed hearing, the High Court caught NIT off-guard and pointed out that it had promised to submit a report to State Government way back on February 13, 2006. "What happened in last four years, the High Court tersely asked. Have you submitted the report or not, " the HC asked.
Making its displeasure clear over dillydallying tactics of NIT and State Government, the High Court firmly asked them to place on record the so-called report as mentioned in NIT's own affidavit within four weeks and an action taken report.
Among the beneficiaries of those PU land include: the former Guardian minister of Nagpur, Satish Chaturvedi, the Congress Lok Sabha member, Datta Meghe, the former city mayor, Kundatai Vijaykar and former legislator Asho Dhawad.
On Tuesday, the NIT claimed that it had conducted a thorough inquiry and cancelled lease of 8 PU lands. But the argument failed to cut ice as the High Court insisted that the report forwarded by the NIT to State Government must be placed on record.