Land grab case: Navale surrenders in court,gets bail

Founder president of Sinhagad Technical Education Society (STES) M N Navale on Friday surrendered in court in connection with a cheating and land grab case filed against him by Pawan Gandhi Charitable Trust (PGCT).

Written by Express News Service | Published: September 22, 2012 7:33:02 am

Founder president of Sinhagad Technical Education Society (STES) M N Navale on Friday surrendered in court in connection with a cheating and land grab case filed against him by Pawan Gandhi Charitable Trust (PGCT).

Judicial magistrate (first class) S S Bose granted him bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 30,000 with a condition that he would not leave Pune without the permission of court and would co-operate with police.

Meanwhile,PGCT filed an affidavit in court stating they have reached a settlement with Navale and would like to withdraw cases against him. The affidavit was filed by PGCT trustee Chainsukh Gandhi,the complainant. The affidavit stated Navale and PGCT have settled the matter mutually.

PGCT had alleged that STES grabbed its 57 gunthas of land in Sutarwadi-Ambadvet in Mulshi taluka. As per the affidavit filed by Gandhi,STES agreed to pay Rs 20 lakh towards litigation cost and Rs 2.8 crore as compensation for the school building constructed on the disputed land. In the affidavit,Gandhi also mentioned that he would do the needful to withdraw the complaint against Navale at Deccan Gymkhana police station and the cases pending in the courts.

The affidavit states PGCT constructed a school on 57 gunthas to provide education to rural children. PGCT entered into a MoU with STES to run the school for 35 months in 2008 but later claimed the school was not functioning as per the MoU and issued a notice to STES to vacate it.

Navale ignored the notice,and Gandhi filed a complaint against him at the Deccan police station in February 2011. Navale too filed cases against Gandhi in various courts. However,Gandhi said in his affidavit on Friday that they have reached a settlement and would like to withdraw the cases. Advocates S K Jain,Pratap Pardeshi and Amol Dange represented Navale,while Gandhi was represented by advocate Milind Pawar.

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