Whistleblower in Khadse land row moves HC, seeks CBI probe

The court’s directions for setting aside the inquiry order and getting the matter probed either by the CBI or a commission under the Commission of Inquiry Act.

Builder Hemant Gawande, the whistleblower in the alleged land scam involving former revenue minister Eknath Khadse, moved Bombay high court on Tuesday against the state government’s order of June 23 that directed an inquiry by a retired high court judge into the questionable land deal. Gawande has sought, among other things, the court’s directions for setting aside the inquiry order and getting the matter probed either by the CBI or a commission under the Commission of Inquiry Act.

As interim reliefs, he has sought directions to CBI and Central Vigilance Commission to take cognisance of his complaint relating to the land deal lodged with the Bund Garden police on May 30 and a stay on implementation of the inquiry order.

Khadse, the seniormost of the state cabinet members, had to resign on June 4 amid charges that he influenced government officials and helped his family corner a 3.1 acre plot, belonging to the MIDC in Bhosari, at a throwaway price of Rs 3.75 crore as against the value of Rs 31.01 crore as per Gawande’s police complaint.

The state issued a government resolution (GR) on June 23 for an inquiry by committee headed by a retired high court judge.

Source: http://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/regulatory/whistleblower-in-khadse-land-row-moves-hc-seeks-cbi-probe/53409216

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