Unhappy with the incomplete report by the Thane commissioner of police, SPS Yadav, the Bombay High Court has asked him to submit a detailed report on his correspondence with the state government regarding the Urban Land Ceiling Act (ULCA) scam in which home minister RR Patil’s officer-on-special-duty, Dr Yogesh Mhase, is allegedly involved.
Sudhakar Joshi, retired IAS officer, appointed by the government to scrutinise 29 files pertaining to the ULCA scam, will complete his report by October 23, public prosecutor Pandurang Pol said on Friday.
A division bench of Justice BH Marlapalle and Justice UD Salvi asked Yadav, on Friday, to submit a report while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson, Madhav Bhandari, alleging that Mhase and a few other government officials were not arrested in the case of alleged fabrication of documents under ULCA.
Bhandari’s PIL stated that then investigating officer, Avinash Mokashi, had recommended the arrest of Mhase and five others on March 7, 2007. However, then deputy chief minister, RR Patil, had ‘stayed’ the arrests, the PIL alleged.
In response to the PIL, Yadav filed an affidavit on October 5 saying the investigating officer, Avinash Mokashi, had been falsely implicating government officials and making allegations against senior police officials to get back as he was transferred out of the CID.
Yadav also gave a clean chit to Mhase saying there was no evidence against him. The scam came to light in 2005 when the deputy Collector’s office in Pune received a fabricated certificate under ULCA, declaring a piece of land in Wakad, near Pune, as non-surplus.
Mhase, had purportedly give permission for non-agriculture use of land on the basis of fake ULCA clearance certificate.
The high court will hear the matter on October 28.