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Mankar episode gives life to 20-yr-old case against builder

A 20-year-old land grab case against city builder P A Inamdar,involving a piece of Inam (gift) land,reared its head this week with petitioner Chandrashekar Gavane filing a fresh complaint with the Pune police commissionerate.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 17, 2009 3:28:14 am

A 20-year-old land grab case against city builder P A Inamdar,involving a piece of Inam (gift) land,reared its head this week with petitioner Chandrashekar Gavane filing a fresh complaint with the Pune police commissionerate.

“This case has been a drain on our resources. We have been filing one complaint after another against Inamdar since 1990; the police have always declined to interfere on grounds that this is a civil case. After the Mankar case came to light,we got the courage to take up the matter again with the police as there is growing public resentment against land grabbing,” Gavane said.

On Thursday,Inamdar fended off allegations of forgery and threatening the petitioner and recorded his statement with the Wanowrie police station. He dismissed the cases as baseless. “I have recorded my statement today. We are pressing charges against the complainant for having made false allegations.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police Jalindhar Supekar said he could not comment on the case as inquiries are on.

Gavane is fighting for rights to survey number 15 on Shivarkar Road at Wanowrie,where several commercial establishments like Reliance Fresh and an HDFC Bank branch have come up in the past few years. He said the current value of the land will be to the tune of Rs 100 crore.

He said there are four cases pending against Inamdar. Till 1942,Gavane said his family name figured in the land records as legal ‘protected tenants’. In 1943,the then owners transferred the property to Mehr Dalal,who later became Mehr Khandelwal.

“Although the land was in our possession,our names disappeared from the records at that time. We were involved in legal battles for tenancy rights with Mehr bai till 1990. This is an Inam land,which cannot be sold to anyone; the rights of the land also cannot be transferred.”

Till 1990,the Gavanes gave part of their agriculture produce to the Khandelwals,he said. In 1996,Mehr Khandelwal passed away and her husband passed away two years later,leaving no heirs.

“In 1993,Inamdar turned us out of the land with a power of attorney and development rights of the land. Later,he showed us the sale deed of the land. The Khandelwals had told us that they had not signed the land away to anyone; we are convinced that these documents are forged. In any case,this is an Inam land which cannot be sold,also we cannot be evacuated as we are protected tenants,” Gavane said.

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