A petition was filed before the Bombay high court on April 20 alleging that several politicians and their blood relatives have been allotted dwelling places under the chief minister’s discretionary quota.
According to the petition, filed by Ketan Tirodkar, the allegation was based on information obtained under the Right to Information.
HT had reported this in its edition of April 21.
Among other politicians and their relatives, the petition named union minister Sharad Pawar’s brother, Pratap Govindrao Pawar, and alleged: “Pratap Pawar, brother of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, has been awarded space of 47.48 sq. meters in Pune under ‘intense need of space’ category.”
However, government documents reviewed by HT again, those annexed with the petition and others, reveal that the Pratap Govindrao Pawar to whom allotment was made in 1997 was a resident of Ghatkopar and worked for a known textile mill in central Mumbai.
It also transpires from the documents that the Pratap Pawar who was a beneficiary of the allotment is not the brother of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. According to the documents, the beneficiary was a student of Aurangabad’s Shir Dyaneshwar Vidyalaya and had passed the class 10 examination in 1974.