Mumbai: Former Slum Rehabilitation Authority chief and well-known writer Vishwas Patil who is facing graft and corruption charges will have to face a CID inquiry now. The Minister of State for Housing Development Ravindra Waikar informed the House that after CEO Vishwas Patil’s retirement, an inquiry was conducted by a committee of four members and irregularities in 33 files were found. He further informed that the committee’s report would be placed before the House in a month and taking into account strong sentiments of members on this issue, a CID inquiry would be conducted in the entire SRA scam.
Waikar said, “Before Patil retired from SRA, he cleared 137 proposals, of which 33 were found to have irregularities in the probe conducted by a four-member committee of SRA. Since members of the House raised doubts over an impartial probe being conducted by officials of the same authority, it would be appropriate for CID to investigate it. CID would also be asked to probe earlier cases of irregularities by the officer.”
But everyone in Assembly was shocked when the minister replied that the report file by the Kunte Committee, which was probing this case, had gone missing. He also informed the House that a complaint for missing report file has been filed in Samata Nagar police station. Meanwhile, former CM Prithviraj Chavan demanded that investigation of this case should be handed over to CBI or ACB.
Vishwas Patil is facing graft charges against him when he was chief of Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). Inquiry committee has pulled up Patil for giving illegal permissions to builders. After a series of serious allegation were levelled against Patil, CM initiated a detailed probe against him which was headed by Sitaram Kunte. A complaint was filed against Patil when he was suburban collector for giving one developer permission by tweaking rules. Later, it was found that in the same developer’s company Patel’s wife Chandrasena Patil was director.