High level enquiry ordered into illegal sale of 1250 leased plots in Maharashtra

MUMBAI: The state government on Friday announced a high-level inquiry into the “illegal” sale of 1,250 leasehold plots across the state to third parties. Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil made the announcement in his response to a starred question by BJP MLA Ashish Shelar in the legislative assembly.

Calling such sale to third parties a scam, Shelar had demanded the high-level inquiry. He said a mill leased plot in Lower Parel of 22,518 sq m was sold to a third party even after the lease period had expired.

BJP MLA Yogesh Sagar seconded Shelar’s demand, seeking an inquiry by a HC judge instead of a government official. “This is a wide issue and a government official will not be able to probe it,” he said. The minister said he would consult the chief minister.

The Maharashtra Land Revenue Code (Fourth Amendment) Bill was passed in the assembly on Thursday; it makes the collector’s nod necessary before the lessee may transfer or assign his leasehold rights on government land, and for which a share of unearned income is to be paid to the collector.

Credits ET Realty

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