Underworld money in realty, says Maharashtra CM Fadnavis

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2015 16:06 IST

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday startled the state assembly by saying that the underworld has been pumping money into Mumbai’s real estate. He vowed that his government will come down heavilyy on them.

Replying too a debate on law and order, Fadnavis said the state government will nott only crack down on those directly involved but also on builders who indirectly support such transactions.

On the e murder of social activist Govind Pansare, he said the state has started conducting security audits of all activists, including those working for Right to Information, and would give them security if needed.

“The government has got inputs over the past three to four years that the underworld is pumping in money into the city’s real estate sector. We will not only kick the underworld out, but also take action against builders who arare encouraging this,” Fadnavis said, requesting people to give tip-offs about such transactions, which will be kept confidential.

“We are studying conditions in schemes such as SRA. Clean business can happen without the underworld,” he said.

Fadnavis was replying to the issue raised by Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on the state’s depleting law and order and the government’s inability to arrest Pansare’s killers even after a month of his murder.

“Cracking two cases of murder -- Pansare’s and Narendra Dabholkar’s -- has become a huge challenge for us. I have told the police to take help from other countries for forensics or even getting closer views of CCTV images if required,” he said.

Replying to the issue raised by several legislators on Maharashtra becoming the state with the highest rape cases, Fadnavis said a technical change in rules has caused the sudden surge in numbers.

He also announced that from the time the government took over in October 2014, the overall conviction rate has gone up to 28%. The conviction rate in rape cases has also seen a steep rise from 15% to 22%.

On the demand by NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad to ban Hindu organisations Sanatan and Abhinav Bharat, Fadnavis said the previous Congress government at the Centre had rejected it because of lack of proof. “Your own government at the Centre rejected it. But we will take action against any group across religions after we get proof of them working against the national interest,” he said..

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