Former chief minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, who is named as an accused in the FIR pertaining to the Adarsh housing society scam, has been dragged in yet another controversy for allegedly benefiting from a housing scheme.
A petition filed by Ketan Tirodkar in the Bombay high court alleged that Chavan’s mother-in-law Bhagwati Sharma, in whose name the flat is allotted in the Adarsh co-operative housing society, had also been allotted a flat in Powai under the chief minister’s discretionary quota. The petition also mentions names of relatives of other politicians, who benefited more than once from the CM’s quota in the last 20 years.
Tirodkar has sought that an investigation be conducted under the Prevention of Corruption Act and under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code against the ministers and their relatives.
According to the petition, Nationalist Congress Party leader and former deputy chief minister, Chhagan Bhujbal, was allotted an 825 sqft flat in Pune in May 1992, while his nephew Sameer was allotted 1,040 sqft flat in Pune under ‘intense need of space’ category from the CM’s quota.
Congress minister Narayan Rane’s brother Ashok was allotted a flat in Pune under this quota while Ashok’s daughter got a flat in Mumbai.
Tirodkar’s petition states: “Pratap Pawar, brother of NCP chief Sharad Pawar has been awarded space of 47.48 sqm in Pune under ‘intense need of space’ category. Also, son and daughter of BJP leader Prakash Javadekar were allotted two flats in Mumbai.”
The petition also mentions names of ministers, who have been beneficiaries under the CM quota, which includes Tushar, son of leader of opposition Eknath Khadse and Abid and Sajid Musharif, sons of Congress minister Hassan Musharif.
A division bench of justice PV Hardas and justice MN Gilani has kept matte for hearing in June 2011.