The three-acre plot at Bhosari that has brought down Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse has already been leased to 14 companies, officials of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) say, adding that any further decision regarding the “title of land” will have to await the order of the Bombay High Court where its original owner had filed a case for enhanced compensation.
The plot bought by Khadse from its original R Ukani on April 28 this year has been shown by the MIDC as land for which the acquisition process had been initiated.
In the area where the plot is located, which is called Sector 52, the MIDC had proposed to acquire 16.58 acres of land, of which 13.25 acres were acquired in 1971 and compensation paid, leaving out the three-acre plot that Khadse eventually bought.
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MIDC officials say the three-acre plot has been leased to 14 companies for a period of 99 years and that the lease would not be affected by any HC order on the compensation to be paid.
Khadse had bought the plot from Ukani in the name of his wife Mandakini Khadse and son-in-law for for Rs 3.75 crore, but MIDC officials say the transaction is null and void without their nod since MIDC’s name is entered as “other rights” against the plot in revenue records.
Senior MIDC officials said they were awaiting the HC order to decide on their future course of action over the plot.