Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday said that he owned only one flat in the controversial Shubhada society at Worli, which is currently under scanner for irregularities. Pawar got two separate notices for illegal modifications made to three shops.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had sent notices to several top politicians including Pawar, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde and Congress state party president Manikrao Thakre asking them to demolish within a month illegal alterations to shops they own in two Worli societies, Shubhada and Sukhada.
Pawar, in his statement, said the BMC had issued a notice to a company called Noncon for the illegal alterations to its shop and his name was referred to as the shop owner. "I resigned as the director in 2009 and since then, I have had no connection with it. It seems the company did not change the documents post the resignation. I have asked them to inform the BMC about the current reality," he said.
He reiterated that he owned only one flat in the society as was permissible under existing norms. He also refuted allegations made by chairman of Shubhada society and former state Congress chief Ranjit Deshmukh that Pawar had other 'benami flats'.
"He [Deshmukh] is a senior leader and instead of just making arbitrary allegations and saying benami flats, why doesn't he give out the names of people who own these flats?" he shot back.
Deshmukh alleged on Saturday that Pawar had eight flats in different names in the building. The flats, which have a carpet area from 600 sq ft to 1,000 sq ft, are valued at around Rs 2 crore each, he said.
The BMC sent notices after a year-long campaign by activist Amit Maru, who said the civic body is dragging its feet on the issue.