Maharashtra appoints former HC judge to probe Navi Mumbai land scam
The BJP-led state government has appointed retired judge Kishor Rohi to probe the CIDCO land scam.
Rohi will scrutinise all deals involving the sale of land as part of the Koyna dam rehabilitation policy in the Navi Mumbai area in the last 15 years – in effect, including sales made during Congress rule – a Government Resolution (GR) issued by the Urban Development department stated.
Congress leaders said this was a diversionary tactic. Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said the Devendra Fadnavis-led Urban Development Department helped a private builder “illegally acquire” 24 acres of notified land in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, in the guise of compensating a group of families displaced by the Koyna power project.
Nirupam, who was the first to expose the alleged deal, said the CIDCO land in Ranjanpada, worth Rs 1,767 crore, was handed over to a private builder, Manish Bhatija of Paradise Builders, for Rs 3.60 crore.