High court lifts stay on police probe into land scam in Powai
The police can restart their investigation into the alleged Rs30,000-crore Powai Area Development Scheme (PADS) scam, after the Bombay HC vacated the stay on the probe.mumbai Updated: Sep 28, 2012 01:17 IST
The police can restart their investigation into the alleged Rs30,000-crore Powai Area Development Scheme (PADS) scam, after the Bombay HC vacated the stay on the probe.
The court had restrained the police from carrying out further investigation on July 10 after bureaucrat TC Benjamin filed a plea five days after the Anti-Corruption Bureau registered an FIR against developer Niranjan Hiranandani and Benjamin, who is now additional chief secretary of urban development department. The FIR was registered after a special ACB court ordered the agency to do so, following a complaint by activist Simpreet Singh.
Singh alleges that Hiranandani cheated the state and the public by converting PADS, a mass housing plan, into a luxury homes project by violating the tripartite agreement entered into by the state, MMRDA and Hiranandani Group, aided by bureaucrats such as Benjamin, who turned a blind eye towards the violations.
First Published: Sep 28, 2012 01:16 IST