Residents of Laxmi Nivas, the three-storeyed building in Matunga which is to be redeveloped by Raj Thackeray’s firm Matoshree Realtors, are tightlipped about the arrangement with the firm.
Hindustan Times on Saturday reported that the firm was all set to redevelop the building which was at the heart of a controversy following
the mysterious death of one of its tenants, Ramesh Kini, in 1996.
Raj was accused by the Opposition of involvement in the killing in 1996, but both the Criminal Investigation Depar-tment and the Central Bureau of Investigation gave him a clean chit.
The building’s owner, Laxmikant Shah, and his son Suman have given their approval to the redevelopment plan, and the residents too have agreed.
One of the building’s residents, who did not wish to be named, said that all that the occupants wanted was proper accommodation. “We took interest in this proposal because they were giving us a good deal,” the resident said.
The resident added that the occupants had appointed a well-known lawyer from south Mumbai to assist them in the case. Nobody from Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s residence Matoshree was willing to comment on the matter.
Raj’s marginalisation in the Sena was, in part, a result of the fallout of the Kini controversy. He later left the party and formed his own outfit, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.