A 65-year-old woman who was allegedly cheated of 1.2 acres of land in Pune is still awaiting justice as the local crime branch had failed to take action against the accused.
A division bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice U D Salvi on Tuesday rapped the Crime Branch, Pune, for sitting on the case for more than six months. “Is it the investigating officer overburdened or is the entire department overburdened?” asked Justice Khanwilkar. “Otherwise we would have to call the Home secretary asking why the police has not taken any action despite court orders.”
Last year, Phulabai Konde approached the Bombay High Court after the police refused to lodged an FIR against four people who allegedly cheated her of the land in nexus with Shiv Sena and NCP workers.
Balasaheb Deshmukh, Konde’s advocate, argued that in January 2009, Sandeep Pasalkar, a Sena worker, told Konde he would help get her name added in the mutation entry with the tehsildar.
“Instead he took her to the sub-registrar’s office and made her sign an sale agreement, saying the land was sold to Pasalkar and his relative Shrikant, a Sena worker, for Rs 3 lakh,” said Deshmukh. He claimed the land situated adjacent to the Pune-Satara National Highway is worth more than Rs 1 crore.
It was in November 2009 that Konde learnt that the Pasalkars own her land. When she approached the police, they did not lodge the FIR. In March, she approached the court alleging that the police was not taking any action as they were associated with political parties.
In March, the HC transferred the probe to the crime branch. But even the crime branch has not taken action in the case.
Neelam Gorhe, in-charge of Sena affairs for Pune, told HT they did not have any Pasalkar as office bearer.