The chargesheet filed by an SIT of Mumbai Police’s Economic Offences Wing in the alleged disproportionate assets case against former Congress MLA Kripashankar Singh and his relatives has brought under the scanner the role of two former Maharashtra CMs in allegedly “misusing” their powers to allot houses in two Powai projects.
The chargesheet says former CM Sushilkumar Shinde had in 2004 approved the allotment of flat 301 in Tri Star building. It was allotted to one Rakesh Singh under Shinde’s 10 per cent housing quota. Rakesh then lived at Lucky House in Fort. The chargesheet adds that in 2005, Rakesh wrote to Shinde for a house under CM’s 5 per cent quota in Kingston Building. He said he did not own property in Mumbai and
Thane. Shinde approved the application, the chargesheet says. Shinde said he did not recall Rakesh’s name. “I must have approved so many applications. I will not be able to tell unless I see the chargesheet,” he said.
The chargesheet adds that Kripashankar’s son-in-law Vijaykumar was alloted an 862 sqft flat on Kingston Building in 2000 under CM’s quota. It says the address in ration card copies Vijaykumar submitted didn’t exist. He had claimed to be manager of an Andheri East firm, details of which were found to be misrepresented. The chargesheet concludes, “It is evident that Kripashankar Singh while being public servant aided and abetted Vijaykumar Singh in procuring the above flat from Government Quota by submitting forged/false documents and cheating the government of Maharashtra.”
Kripashankar’s son Narendramohan, who has been chargesheeted, denied the findings. “All transactions happened through cheques and were mentioned in our I-T return. The names you are taking are my old friends. Is it illegal to have transaction with them?,” he asked.
The SIT has also found irregularities in formation of Shree Sai Prasad Co-operative Housing Society at the Bandra East building where Kripashankar lives. The chargesheet says Congress leader Rajiv Chavan wrote to then CM Vilasrao Deshmukh in 2,000 for government land for a housing society and sent a list of 13 members who, he said, didn’t own a house or flat in Mumbai.
In 2003, a plot was allotted. After the building was developed, Flat 1001 was allotted to Vijaykumar’s acquaintance Ramashankar Pande for Rs 29.54 lakh. In 2000, Vijaykumar told Pande to apply for the membership. The chargesheet said Pande met Chavan and was told that to qualify, his income should be less than Rs 20,000. At a 2004 meeting, membership of two members were cancelled at their own requests and Surendrapratap and Pande replaced them.
The chargesheet says Rs 16.33 lakh was credited to Pande’s account by Mumbai firm Sujal Exports. Pande’s buying the flat raised suspicion because the documents he submitted for approval of his membership said his total monthly family income was Rs 10,000. It adds that since the flat’s leave license agreements were seized from Kripashankar’s office, it was clear that the flat is his benami property.