There was doubt over the committee’s functioning as Chatterjee retired on January 31

Mumbai : One man committee headed by the then Additional Chief Secretary Gautam Chatterjee is likely to submit its inquiry report on alleged irregularities in transfer of land to Associated Journal Limited (AJL), the promoters of now defunct National Herald, by February 14.

There was doubt over the committee’s functioning as Chatterjee retired on January 31. However, the state government has asked him to conclude the inquiry even after his retirement.

“I will submit the inquiry report to the government by February 14,” Chatterjee said. Surprisingly, the Chief Secretary Swedheen Kshatriya was not aware whether or not the committed existed after Chatterjee’s retirement.

“I have not yet looked into it. Normally, even if an official is retired he can conduct the inquiry till it is over,” Kshatriya said when asked about Chatterjee’s report.

According to a source, Chatterjee has found in his inquiry that AJL, with which Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul are associated, had violated the rules and used more space for construction than it was allotted.

RTI activist Anil Galgali, who has been consistently following up the issue, alleged that the State government has adopted delaying tactics in this case to dilute its intensity.

“The construction on the land is still on. The government has made no attempt to stop that. It shows that it is not serious on the isssue,” Galgali said.

The AJL which used to run now defunct newspaper National Herald is constructing a commercial building at the piece of land at a crucial spot close to Western Express Highway. It is a violation of rules as the land was allotted to construct Nehru Memorial Library.

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