Mumbai: The probe report on the Jogeshwari land scam was submitted by the Additional Municipal Commissioner of Nidhi Choudhari to the on Tuesday to civic chief Ajoy Mehta. The disputed plot measured at approximately 14,000 square metres is valued at Rs 500 crore, was reserved for a hospital and recreational ground (RG).
The Member of Parliament Sanjay Nirupam had alleged due to the connivance of of the legal department and Development Plan (DP) department officials, the prominent land was lost in the court of law, first in the Bombay High Court and later in the Supreme Court (SC). Nirupam alleged, the BMC commissioner Mehta had instructed his subordinates not to challenge the HC orders in the SC.
Mehta claimed that his orders tampered which was marked as ‘should not challenge HC order’ from ‘Should challenge HC orders.’
Following a strong call for his resignation, Mehta inititiated a probe headed by Choudhari. Mehta then was forced to give a statement to the standing committee last week. Mehta speaking to Free Press Journal confirmed report has been submitted to him and he has yet to read it.
“Depending on the suggestions made by the investigating officer and if any of officials are found to be guilty, appropriate action will be taken against them,” said Mehta.
A source has confirmed, “Six civic officials have been named and they are from DP and legal departments. They have also been ear marked for suspension by the investigating officer (Choudhari).”