In a new twist to the Rani Mukherjee fake land deal case, another woman claimed she too had been duped as she had purchased a plot from the same owner who had sold it to 17 people.
"Like Rani Mukherjee, I too have been duped in a similar fashion by the first owner of the land Murlidhar Sonawane. He carved out plots from his land and sold to 17 people. This was possible as he was in collusion with the Revenue department officials," Nagpur-based Mayaben Thakur told reporters in Kopargaon on Saturday.
Thakur said that she had written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar for immediate intervention in the case.
"If no action is taken against the offenders, we will be forced to move High Court and seek action," Thakur said.
Rani had bought 11-guntha land in Shirdi, which falls under the Shrirampur sub-division, from Sampat More, who had sold the land to Mukherjee.
She later applied for transfer of ownership. However, it turned out that the land in question was part of a bigger plot belonging to government.
Once the matter came to light, Rani, who bought an 11-guntha plot (12,000 sq ft) for Rs 33 lakh, was denied its ownership as Shrirampur SDO Nandkumar Suryavanshi declared the deal as illegal. It was also found that there were 16 other owners who purchased plots from the same land.
Rani's lawyer has said the order of attachment would be challenged in the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court. Now even More has decided to move HC challenging the SDO's order.