Prashant Bumb, an Independent MLA from Gangapur in Aurangabad, has asked the Esplanade Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court to register a case against Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde and some state bureaucrats with regard to the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society controversy. Bumb said they should be charged with cheating, breach of trust and criminal conspiracy for their alleged involvement in the controversy.
The society has been accused of violating environmental norms and of getting land on the promise that houses would be built for war widows and veterans.
However, most of the houses were allotted to politicians, bureaucrats and Army and Navy commanders.
Bumb said the respondents in “collusion and connivance with each other, with pre-mediated act of criminal conspiracy, illegally sought to appropriate themselves and their near and dear relatives in terms of flats”.
Among those named in Bumb’s complaint are former principal secretary Suresh Joshi, former deputy secretary PV Deshmukh, former collector Pradeep Vyas, former Army chief NC Vij, former principal secretary Ramanand Tiwari and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority chief Ratnakar Gaikwad.
Bumb said that the respondents grabbed defence land and cheated the government.
Bumb said the land on which Adarsh was constructed was allotted to the defence forces in exchange for land at the Santacruz firing range in 1958.
The matter is likely to be heard next on November 15.