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FIR against Bhujbal brothers, 15 others for grabbing Mhada plot in Mumbai

Mumbai city news: The accused include retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers who served Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), and office-bearers of the housing society

mumbai Updated: Jul 14, 2017 09:14 IST
Pratik Salunke
The commercial building built on the Mhada plot at Oshiwara in Mumbai.
The commercial building built on the Mhada plot at Oshiwara in Mumbai. (Shashi S Kashyap)

The Mumbai range of the anti corruption bureau (ACB) on Thursday registered a case against 17 people, including Chhagan Bhujbal’s nephew Sameer Bhujbal and son Pankaj Bhujbal, for allegedly converting a MHADA plot allotted to a co-operative housing society for residential use into a commercial complex..

The accused include retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers who served Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), and office-bearers of the housing society. Uttam Khobragade, a retired IAS officer, is one of them.

According to the allegations, a Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) plot in Oshiwara, was allotted to Tulsi co-operative housing society for residential use. What stands there now is Platinum Court, a commercial complex . Tulsi cooperative housing society exists only on paper.

In the past, the Aam Aadmi Party had alleged that Sameer and Pankaj were part of this scam through Bhavesh Builders Private Limited, a construction firm.

In 2002, MHADA allotted the land to Tulsi Co-operative Housing Society with 11 registered members for constructing a residential complex. Tulsi, promoted by one Prashant Sawant, entered into an agreement with Bhavesh Builders Private Limited in 2003. The firm was to construct and develop the plot.

The property has been sold with none of the earlier members figuring as its occupants.

“On paper, 11 members were shown as the occupiers but in reality, the premises were sold as units in a commercial complex,” said a high-ranking ACB officer.

He added that the office bearers of the housing society prepared fake documents of the 11 members and formed it. “They are poor and merely shown as occupiers. They will be our witnesses,” said the officer.

Mhada officials did not verify the credentials of these members.

The Bhujbals conspired with the society office-bearers and MHADA officials to use a government plot for financial gains and cheat the government, alleged the FIR. “The Mhada officials shouldn’t have sanctioned the allotment in the first place,” said the officer.

The AAP insisted that the investigation should be monitored by the court. “It’s an open-and-shut case as all the details have been submitted. We hope that this case be made part of the Special Investigating Team (SIT) comprising the ACB and Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials as it is monitored by the court,” said AAP leader Preeti Menon.