The controversial five-acre land of developer Kisan Rathod in Shindewadi,Katraj,has been transferred in the name of the government during an auction held by the district administration on Tuesday. There were no takers for the land during the auction and therefore the land got transferred to the government,district officials said.
After giving enough time for the developer to pay the fine levied on him for illegal constructions,the district administration decided to go ahead with the auction. We had set an offset price of Rs 61.52 lakh. With no takers for it,the district administration on behalf of the government transferred the land for Re 1 under section 220 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, said Bhor talathi Ram Chobhe.
The auction was conducted after giving repeated extensions. We were abiding by the court orders which had stated that Rathod had to pay the fine by September 3. However,with the fine not being deposited,we issued a notice on September 4 for the auction on September 10. We carried out the auction according to the notice, said Chobhe.
District Collector Vikas Deshmukh said the administration had carried out the auction according to the rules. Three months after a flashflood,allegedly caused due to illegal construction by developers,claimed the life of a mother and daughter,the Pune district carried out the auction of five acres of land owner by the latter to recover a fine of Rs 56.71 lakh.
Rathod said the administration had no legal basis to auction the land as the High Court order is to come on September 16. We have already approached the court on the order and so the auction is unjustified, he said.