Housing controversy hits Chhagan Bhujbal

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 06, 2012 12:03 hrs

Amid growing troubles over the leaked Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report that indicted former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, another scam came to the limelight on Friday and hit state Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.

According to reports, Bhujbal´s Mumbai Educational Trust (MET) triggered controversy as the Assistant Charity Commissioner directed for an inspection of the two floors of the MET building in Mumbai.

The inspection will be carried out on Saturday.

MET Vice-Chairman Sunil Karve alleged that the two floors were used by Bhujbal´s daughter for personal purpose.

Earlier on Thursday, a leaked CAG report indicted Deshmukh along with nine other ministers, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Bhujbal, in a scam over land allotment to a trust in Mumbai in 2006.

The leaked CAG report said 23,840 square metre plot at Malvani in Borivali was allotted to the Manjara Charitable Trust when Deshmukh was the chief minister at a throwaway price.

The trust got the plot by paying just Rs 6 .56 crore against its market price of Rs 30.56 crore for a dental college apparently though the same was not set up even after four years of allotment. reports said.

The CAG report also alleged that Bhujbal gave two plots of land in Nashik to a trust reportedly run by his nephew at huge discount, media reports said.

According to the report, the land allotted by Bhujbal to the trust was meant for use by the Public Works ministry.

Deshmukh on Wednesday received a major blow when the Supreme Court ordered filmmaker Subhash Ghai to return 21 acres of land allocated to him for his film institution in Goregaon.

The apex court directed Ghai to return the 21 acres of land to the Maharashtra government.

The land was allotted to the senior filmmaker by Deshmukh during his tenure as the Maharashtra Chief Minister in 2000.

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