Pune Plot thickens: Didn’t know neta’s relatives were behind purchase, says one land owner
PUNE: M F Ukani, one of the nine owners of the Bhosari land, sold to state revenue minister Eknath Khadse’s wife and son-in-law, said he was not aware that the deal had been struck with the politician’s family.
M F Ukani, a resident of Mithanagar in Kondhwa, said he had received his share. “I had given the power of attorney to my uncle, a senior family member, who lives in Kolkata. He has taken all the decisions about the land.”
“I knew that the deal was happening, but I had authorized my uncle to work out the details. You can speak to him, since he took the call,” M F Ukani, who lives with his wife in a newly constructed flat in Mithanagar, said.
M F Ukani said his uncle was free to sell the land to “a minister or MLA or whomsoever”. He did not reveal if they had approached Khadse or if it was the other way round.
Activists said land prices are soaring in the Pune region and there is a nexus between touts and government officials who keep records of all disputed plots. “These officials and touts have direct connections to political bigwigs who invest in land. Plot owners are more than happy to get rid of the disputed land. All wrangles are resolved immediately once politicians or government officials purchase that land. This is a similar case,” said activist Vivek Velankar.
Abbas Ukani struck the deal with Khadse’s family even though their case regarding compensation and acquisition is pending in the Bombay high court.
The court is scheduled to hear the case on June 28. The Ukanis have been trying to sell the land since 2010, but MIDC, which has its name in the 7/12 extract in the ‘other rights’ column had objected to any sale.
Meanwhile,ETRealty (TOI) visited the home of another of the plot owners, Insiya Murtuza Badlawala, who lives near the Dongri juvenile remand home in Umerkhadi. ETRealty (TOI) learnt that Badlawala did not reside at the place anymore.