Lavasa: Pawar rejects YP Singh's claims

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 18:34 hrs

Minutes after former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer YP Singh claimed that Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had helped in illegally acquiring land for Lavasa township project in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo dismissed the allegations made against him and said there were no violations in the project.

"Lavasa was built as per the hill station policy," Pawar told reporters.

"There were no violations in Lavasa," he said.

"It will not be correct to speak more on the matter as it is under sub-judicious," Pawar said.

Singh on Thursday claimed that Sharad Pawar had helped in illegally acquiring land for Lavasa township project in Maharashtra.

Attacking former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, he said the NCP leader had allotted 341 acre of land to real estate firm Lavasa at ´throwaway prices´.

Singh held a press conference on Thursday to make the fresh revelations on Thursday.

Speaking on Lavasa, he said Ajit Pawar had granted 341 acres to Lake City Corp on 30 years lease at just Rs. 23,000 per month.

Speaking on Sharad Pawar´s daughter Supriya Sule and her husband Sadanand Sule´s connection in the scam, Singh said: "20.81% shares belonged to Supriya Sule and husband Sadanand Sule in Lake City Corp.... Supriya Sule had at least 10.4% share in Lake City Corp. Ajit Pawar had given the land to this company almost free."

Singh questioned Sule and her husband ´sold their shareholding at what cost in 2006´.

"In 2006, four years after land was allotted, Supriya Sule and her husband had sold their shares in Lavasa of 10.4 per cent each at much higher value," Singh said.

Pertinently, Supriya Sule is Ajit Pawar´s cousin.

Slamming Sharad Pawar and his involvement in the scam, Singh said as the Union Agriculture Minister he had no role to play in acquiring lands in maharashtra.

"He still interfered in the matter. Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar met the then CM and senior IAS officers in a guest house in Lavasa. They decided to give Lavasa a global floating FSI ( Floor Space Index ). Ajit Pawar was the irrigation minister at that time."

Criticising social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal, he said: "Arvind Kejriwal had the material that was needed to expose Sharad Pawar. Why he did not do it?"

"Kejriwal was selective as he targeted Nitin Gadkari in the bigger scam. He did not speak about NCP chief Sharad Pawar, his daughter Supriya Sule and Ajit Pawar."

Meanwhile, India Against Corruption (IAC) member Manish Sisodia welcomed Singh´s move and ´congratulated´ him.

Reacting to Singh´s criticisms against Kejriwal, Sisodia told media: "He is a good friend and we respect him. I do not know why he defamed us."

Singh made the fresh allegations a day after Kejriwal picked a fight with the main Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday as he targeted party chief Nitin Gadkari over corruption charges, after weeks of waging a renewed war against the ruling Congress party.

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