Saturday, 19 August 2017

Maharashtra CM orders Lokayukta probe against Housing Minister Mehta

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday announced a Lokayukta probe against Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, who has been accused by the Opposition of impropriety in a slum-redevelopment project in the city.

Mehta has been under fire ever since he allegedly allowed "unauthorised" transfer of extra building rights in the SRA (Slum Rehabilitation Authority) project at the MP Mills Compound in south Mumbai, originally granted to slum dwellers, to project-affected people.

The chief minister said mere denotification of land by any government does not mean that corruption has taken place.

"Nonetheless, we will probe if land was denotified to favour builders or for some other reason. There will be a fair and an independent report conducted. We will table the report of both the probes in the House," he said.

In his reply, Munde said, "Fadnavis is highly skilled in trying to confuse members of the Opposition and that nobody has the capability to match the CM's expertise".

Regarding the allegations of graft against IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar, who was recently removed as managing director of the Maharashtra government undertaking MSRDC, the CM said a joint SIT, consisting a serving IAS officer and officials of the Economic Offences Wing, will be formed and a probe will be conducted.


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