Pune-based realtor Hemant Gawande, who has been in the news over the last few days for his allegations against state’s Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, on Monday submitted a written complaint with the Bund Garden Police station, accusing the minister of trying to defraud the public exchequer in a case of land acquisition in the Bhosari MIDC area.
In his complaint, Gawande has alleged that Khadse, by the virtue of his position as the revenue minister, was privy to the amount of compensation to be paid for the three-acre plot in Bhosari industrial area that he bought just a month ago. He alleged that Khadse executed a sale deed for the plot through his wife Mandakini Eknath Khadse and son-in-law Girish Chaudhari that valued the plot at Rs 3.75 crore, which was gross undervaluation of the land. “The market value of the said land is around Rs 40 crore,” he said in his complaint.
“The modus operandi of all the people involved in the scam was that they would purchase the plot from its so-called previous owners who, under any provision of law, would not have been in a position to enter into a registered sale deed without obtaining an NOC from the MIDC or the industries already established on the said land by the MIDC,” the complaint read.
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Alleging a clear case of criminal conspiracy, Gawande’s complaint said events clearly suggested that the compensation amount for the plot in question would have been received by the family of the revenue minister. “As per the new land acquisition law, the amount of compensation would be a minimum of Rs 80 crore, which could have easily crossed Rs 100 crore with interest,” he said, adding that the minister had also misused his office to misrepresent the value of the land.
Sidestepping allegations made against him by Khadse, Gawande said the minister was trying to dilute the issue. “I am confident I will be able to bring the matter to its logical and legal end,” he said.
Police Inspector Ajit Chowdhary of the Bund Garden police station said they had received the complaint from Gawande and would probe the matter.
Asked for a response, Khadse once again refuted the allegations by Gavande, saying the builder was an aggrieved person who wanted to escape the charges levied by the revenue department on him six to eight months ago for showing bogus papers to usurp land worth Rs 400 crore.
The minister said a complaint had been registered against the builder at the Shivajinagar police station both by revenue and agriculture departments and a final outcome was to come soon.
“Hemant Gavande knows fully well that the inquiry against him would be shortly completed. He has cheated the government of Rs 400 crore. A complaint was filed against him. He is an aggrieved party and so he has filed against me. I have all the papers and documents to prove I have obtained the land from the owner. I have shared the same on my Facebook page,” said the minister.
Asked whether he would register a counter-complaint, he said he would take next step after the police probe was over.