Sharad Pawar named in Lavasa scam

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 13:11 hrs

Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer YP Singh on Thursday made another string of revelations as he claimed that Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo 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."

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.

"Exposing" a nexus between Gadkari and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ruling the coalition government in Maharashtra, Kejriwal said the BJP chief had grabbed land of farmers and diverted irrigation water to the power plants and sugar mills owned by him in the Vidarbha region, where countless farm debt stricken farmers committed suicide.

Earlier, Kejriwal speaking in a packed press conference citing the example of one village, said: "Gadkari got the water and land meant for the farmers from NCP leaders like Ajit Pawar [who resigned as the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra over the Rs 70,000 crore irrigation scam in the state]. This is not the story of one village, this is the story of entire Maharashtra."

Kejriwal earlier "exposed" links between Sonia Gandhi´s son-in-law Robert Vadra and the Haryana government with documents that "proved" that the state had favoured the realty firm DLF with which Vadra is associated.

He said the state government acquired land from farmers by trick to hand over to real-estate bellwether DLF where Vadra held majority shares.

Demanding a white paper on the deals with DLF from the Haryana government, Kejriwal said the farmers were cheated and their land acquired for development of roads and housing for common people were handed over to DLF from where Vadra derived benefits.

The Congress and Vadra himself scrambled to trash the allegations as a "publicity stunt" by Kejriwal who is in the process of launching a political party while the Haryana government and DLF denied charges of any malfeasance separately.

Kejriwal also targetted Salman Khurshid after in a purported expose, a TV news network claimed that the Union Law Minister and his wife Louise Khurshid had siphoned of funds from government grants given to an NGO run by them for disabled people in Uttar Pradesh.

The accusations were used by Kejriwal and his supporters to launch a campaign against the Law Minister and demand his resignation though Khurshid hit back calling the former a guttersnipe and later holding a press conference with his wife to counter the charges.

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