India Against Corruption activist Anjali Damania on Friday refuted charges of any wrongdoing against her and said she is open to a thorough probe. Responding to Fridays article in The Indian Express about how she bought agricultural land and sold it off after changing its use to non-agricultural,Damania maintained that she was well within the legal framework while doing so.
Speaking at a press conference held by the IAC platform in Mumbai on Friday,Damania,however,refused to give details about the amount at which she sold the 37 plots in 2011. Now that an independent probe is going to take place against IAC members,let all questions be answered through that, she said.
Damania had bought seven acres of agricultural land in the Kharwandi village in Karjat under the title of a farmer in 2007 and later sold it to private buyers after changing the user-type to non-agricultural. On Friday she asked why questions were being raised today over her five to six year old transactions.
When one buys agricultural land one needs to be a farmer and I am one. I have all documents to prove the same. I am open to as much probe as required and if found guilty,I am liable to punishment. I have not done any benami transactions, said Damania.
IAC Mumbai convenor Mayank Gandhi,who has also faced allegations of having links with builders,said,We have nothing to hide. The probe will clear everything. Instead of this media trial,we would like to put down all documents before the judges.
RTI activist Krishnaraj Rao and Utsal Karani of Janhit Manch,an NGO,had alleged that the High Power Committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had cleared the cluster redevelopment of 8,000 tenements over 30 acres of cessed buildings in South Mumbais Chira Bazaar area that was pursued by Gandhis NGO Remaking of Mumbai Federation without following due procedure.