Congress Alleges Rs.1,767 Crore Land Scam In Navi Mumbai Under 'Blessings' Of Maha CM Fadnavis

| July 3 , 2018 , 09:00 IST

The Congress party on Monday alleged that a Rs.1,767 crore land scam took place in Navi Mumbai “with the blessings" of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and demanded a judicial inquiry into the alleged scam by 2 sitting judges of the Bombay High Court.

Senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan in a press conference alleged that 24 acres of prime land belonging to the state government agency City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) in Kharghar node of Navi Mumbai was sold to Paradise Builders for a meagre sum of Rs.3.60 crore.

“While this land has been sold at Rs.15 lakh per acre, which works out to Rs.371 per square meter, Cidco has sold land in the area at Rs.1,84,000 per square metre during the corresponding period to other buyers. This means land worth Rs. 1,767 crore has been sold to a private party for a pittance. This is a scam and something of this magnitude cannot be done without the blessings of the highest authority,” Chavan said.

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“Though we have not yet found the signature of the top man, a decision of this magnitude cannot be taken without the consent of the highest authority,” Chavan said.

The Congress further demanded that the land allotment be struck down with immediate effect and that only an impartial judicial probe by two sitting judges of Bombay High Court could bring out the truth behind this “scam”.

Randeep Surjewala, the chief spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) said, "We have a clean chit chief minister in Maharashtra who keeps giving away clean chits to his ministerial colleagues whenever a scam breaks out. That is why only an impartial judicial inquiry could unravel the truth."

Surjewala added that the Congress would file a petition in the Bombay High Court if CM Fadnavis did not concede to the demands.

Madhav Bhandari, the chief spokesperson of the Maharashtra unit of the BJP claimed that the land belonged to the state government and not to Cidco and that the land was worth Rs.5.29 crore and not Rs.1,767 crore.

“The land was always owned by the government and was never transferred to Cidco. Everything has been done in accordance with law. A local resident had challenged this allotment in Bombay High Court which on 26 June rejected the petition and upheld the allotment,” Bhandari said.

“Such matters are decided at the level of collectors and no files come to the chief minister’s office in such cases,” he said.