Thane builder suicide: Complaints were resolved days before he died

After state minister intervened, TMC had addressed most of the issues that were stalling his projects.

Written by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | Published:October 23, 2015 12:21 am

Investigations into the death of real estate tycoon Suraj Parmar in Thane have taken a new twist with it now emerging that just days before the tragedy, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had actually resolved most of the issues that were stalling his real estate projects.

Parmar allegedly shot himself with his licensed revolver on October 7, leaving behind a “suicide note” that alleged harassment by politicians and civic officials in Thane. Incidentally, on October 6, the TMC had issued orders sanctioning drinking water connection and waiver of digging charges for the water line for Parmar’s 400-flat residential complex, Cosmos Horizon, on Thane’s Pokhran Road.

Delay in granting water connection to the complex — the builder had handed over occupation to flat buyers over a year ago — was the foremost concern that Parmar had cited in an SOS to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis this February.

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Official documents show that on June 23, Minister of State (Urban Development) Ranjit Patil convened a meeting where directives were issued to the TMC to provide the water connections and to give a waiver of digging charges. A previous case in which such a waiver had been granted was cited to justify the demand.
Documents also show that on the basis of Patil’s directives, the TMC had on September 22 withdrawn a stop-work notice issued to another one of Parmar’s residential project, Cosmos Jewel.

Investigators also say that certain irregularities in Cosmos Lounge, a luxury residential tower near Ghodbunder Road, were also regularised by invoking a penalty. Three out of the four issues highlighted by Parmar in his letter to the CM had been resolved, an investigator said.

The police have already registered a case of abetment to suicide against unidentified people. The ‘suicide note’ reportedly names at least a couple of politicians and three officials but these appear to have been later crossed out with scribbles as an afterthought.

Last November, Parmar had been slapped with an Income Tax notice. He was also reportedly quizzed by the Enforcement Directorate in December, sources said.
The sources also confirmed that the police had sought CCTV footage to check movements inside the TMC’s town planning office on April 4 and October 5.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Ghadigaonkar, Congress’s group leader in the TMC, has sought a CBI probe into the matter, arguing that “there was more than meets the eye”.

sandeep.ashar@expressindia.com

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