Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is likely to surrender a flat that was allotted to him by then chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde in a housing complex in Wadala in 2003.
City-based Right to Information (RTI) activist Anil Galgali had alleged that Chavan got a flat that was meant for someone from the economically weaker section of society.
When asked about the flat on Friday, Chavan admitted that he owned it but denied the charges. “My ailing mother had applied for it because we did not own a house in Mumbai where she would come very frequently for cancer treatment,” he said.
Chavan’s mother Pramilakaki has been a Congress Member of Parliament for several years. She died before the flat could be allotted to her, so it was given to Chavan instead. When asked if he would surrender it, Chavan said he was thinking of doing that.
Galgali said this could turn out to be an embarrassment as Chavan had claimed an annual income of only Rs 76,000 while buying the flat.
Galgali also alleged that the government took only three days to clear Chavan’s documents. “Documents show that after the Urban Development Department’s initial letter, Chavan submitted his documents for approval on May 17, 2003. Surprisingly, the additional collector and the competent authority wrote back just three days later, on May 20, 2003, saying that the flat had been allotted,” said Galgali.