Former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya and state BJP spokesperson Atul Shah on Tuesday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court against PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal for his alleged involvement in kickbacks that he received for favours granted by his ministry,particularly in the context of the Maharashtra Sadan scam,which the party claimed it exposed in July.
Despite unearthing rampant corruption orchestrated through the PWD ministry and despite meeting the Chief Minister,Governor and other agencies concerned repeatedly,the Central and state governments are not carrying out any investigation in the matter. The Anti-Corruption Bureau was denied permission to carry out probe. The BJP has given almost three months to the government to act. We were left with no option but to file a PIL in the High Court, said Somaiya.
Apart from Bhujbal,the PIL names 35 respondents right from Prime Ministers Office and Secretary of the Ministry of Finance to the Maharashtra Chief Minister and Bhujbals wife Meena,nephew Samir and son Pankaj.
Bhujbal said the contract of building Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi was given to Chamankar Developers on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis. How can such discretion be exercised by him? Why were tenders not floated even if it was to be on BOT basis? There is no official file for this project. Many top officials,including the PWD secretary at that time,had advised against handing over the project directly to any developer, said Somaiya.