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Retd Lt Col who objected to President’s bungalow faces charges

It says the unauthorised constructions cover a total area of 1,694 sq ft.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | Pune | Published: April 20, 2012 12:32:15 am

A retired lieutenant colonel,Suresh Patil,who has been alleging anomalies in the construction of the President’s post-retirement bungalow has been charged with seven unauthorised constructions in the bungalow where he has been living since 1993 by the defence estates authorities.

Following an inspection earlier this week,the defence estates office has filed a report which lists Patil’s 164 sq ft office used for his NGO Green Thumb and Justice for Jawans among the unauthorised constructions. It says the unauthorised constructions cover a total area of 1,694 sq ft.

“The inspection was carried out following a letter to us by higher authorities. The fact that action has been taken now is just a coincidence as the inspection letter was issued in December last year. Details regarding unauthorised construction on the premises have been listed and will be forwarded to Southern Command Headquarters for further action,along with the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB),which will take necessary action,” said G S Rajeswaran,DEO,Pune Circle.

However,Lt Col (retd) Patil said the inspection on his bungalow was a vindictive act carried out as a retaliatory measure following his objections against the President’s post-retirement bungalow in Khadki.

The bungalow,on a 1.2-acre plot,is owned by Major (retd) D V Panse,who has rented out six rooms to a businessman and Patil.

The alleged unauthorised constructions by Patil include a 154 sq ft “meeting place” made of wooden logs and mesh covered with plastic sheets; a verandah measuring 1,016 sq ft made of wooden logs and aluminium sheets; and three sheds.

“The sheds and the office are made of wood and calling them constructions is inappropriate. They are shelters. Two of the DEO personnel barged into my office on Monday in my absence and I have filed an FIR at Wanowri station regarding the matter,” he said. “I was told that since I am protesting against the President,I would have to face such allegations. But I am prepared to face them,” he said.

“While my office is an old latrine levelled and converted into a wooden shed with chatai,the verandahs are open and not enclosed. Let the authorities send me a legal notice and I am prepared to remove whatever is unauthorised. According to me,none of them are unauthorised,” he said.

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