Former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has landed in yet another controversy. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report submitted before the Bombay high court has stated that the state suffered loss to the tune of Rs1.19 crore on allotment of land to the Vilasrao Deshmukh Foundation in Latur.
Rajendra Sontakke and four other agriculturists from Latur and Osmanabad, who had filed the PIL opposing land allotment to foundation, submitted the CAG report for the financial year, 2006-07.
Apart from land allotment to Vilasrao Deshmukh Foundation, the PIL has opposed land allotment to filmmaker Subhash Ghai’s institute, Whistling Woods International Private Limited in Goregaon, alleging irregularity, said Bhushan Mhadik, petitioners’ advocate.
HT had reported the first CAG report in December 2009.
Maharashtra Film Stage and Cultural Development Corporation Limited (MFSCDCL) had entered into a joint venture with Mukta Arts to start Whistling Woods at authorised share capital of Rs20 crore. The PIL alleges that the former chief minister was interested in the joint venture because of his actor son Reitesh and so 20 acres was allotted to Whistling Woods.
Deshmukh had denied the allegations saying that the chief minister is never directly involved in allocation process. If called upon, explanation would be given to the high court, Deshmukh said.
The affidavit filed by deputy secretary to the Maharashtra government, Swati Mhase-Patil states the decision for allotment of land was taken by the managing director of the MFSCDCL “without inviting competitive bids” and “without prior approval of the board of directors”.