THE COOPERATIVE Department has instituted an inquiry into the complaints made against the office-bearers of Navbharat Grah Nirman Sahkari Sanstha who have been accused of not handing over the plots to its members on seniority basis despite taking deposits between Rs 30,000 to Rs 80,000 from each of them.
Joint Registrar, Co-Operatives, R C Ghiya has been made the inquiry officer and is expected to submit the report within a month. The department instituted the inquiry after members sent about 80 piecemeal complaints to Registrar Prabhat Parashar during past one year.
About 600 founding members have charged the housing cooperative society with embezzling sum of Rs 30-crore on the pretext of allocating plots at its 17-hectare land at Hukmakhedi (Rajendra Nagar bypass) in 1988, though no allotment has been made till date.
Members have alleged that society director Shrikant Ghante was making new members and selling plots (size varying from 900 sq ft to1800 sq ft) to them though the senior members have been deprived of their due. The plots that they purchased for Rs 18 per square feet in 1988 today cost Rs 600 per square feet.
“Seeing this price rise, Ghante and his accomplice Happy Dhawan attempted to grab the land by introducing 2190 members in the society against the approved limit of 1600 and installed Manoj Baldev as its president without holding elections or calling annual general meeting,” members Nakul Pataudi and Kamlesh Jain had remarked at a press conference held here recently.
They said that Baldev who became president in September 2006 inducted four new members in the Board of Directors in place of senior members.
The senior members had blamed Cooperative Department for not taking action against the institution even they were running from pillar to post to get back their money or plot.
The complaints sent to Bhopal said that the office-bearers not only destroyed society’s fiscal records but did not conduct its audit after 2004.
Demanding dissolution of the society and holding fresh elections after convening the AGM, the old members had threatened to launch agitation if department failed to take note of their problem.