ABOUT 600 original members of Navbharat Grah Nirman Sahkari Sanstha have charged the housing cooperative society with embezzling a sum of Rs 30 crore on the pretext of allocating plots on its 17-hectare land at Hukmakhedi (Rajendra Nagar bypass) in 1988, though no allotment has been made till date.
Talking to newspersons here on Friday, members Nakul Pataudi, Kamlesh Jain and Pinkesh Tongya said 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 2,190 members against the approved limit of 1,600 and installed Manoj Baldev as the society president without calling an annual general meeting and holding elections,” Pataudi and Jain informed. They said that Baldev, who became president in September 2006,
has inducted four new members in the Board of Directors.
The senior members have blamed the Cooperative Department for not taking action against the institution even as senior members are running from pillar to post to get either a plot or their money back.
The society office-bearers have not only destroyed fiscal records but have not gone for audit after 2004, Tongya said. Demanding dissolution of the society and holding fresh elections after convening the AGM, the old members have threatened to launch agitation if the department fails to take note of their problem.
NAVBHARAT GRAH Nirman Sahkari Sanstha office-bearers, including its director Shrikant Ghante, sold off the government land (survey no 361) at Vyankatesh Vihar Colony in Chhota Bangarda to the members projecting it as society land. When the government woke up to the fact, it banned the sale and purchase of plots from 110 to 235.
“It’s a crime under Section 420 of IPC. Yet the director and officer-bearers have gone scot-free. There could no bigger proof of government being hand in glove with land mafia,” old society members Nakul Pataudi and Kamlesh Jain alleged.