Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached assets worth Rs 10.20 crore in connection with money laundering probe against Shiv Sena UBT party leader Anil Parab, Sai Resort NX & others.
The attached assets are in the form of Land (admeasuring approx. 42 Gunta) located at Gut No.446, Murud, Dapoli, Ratnagiri, valued at Rs 2,73,91,000 and the resort namely Sai Resort NX constructed over the said land valued at Rs 7,46,47,000.
Initial investigation of Parab
The ED had initiated investigation under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on the basis of complaint filed by Ministry of Environmental Forest and Climate Change against Anil Parab, M/s Sai Resort, M/s Sea Conch Resort & others, before Judicial Magistrate, Dapoli, for alleged violation of Section 19 and section 15 r/w Section 7 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. One FIR was also registered by Dapoli Police Station against Anil Parab & others for allegedly deceiving and causing loss to the State Government of Maharashtra.
"The PMLA investigation has revealed that Anil Parab in connivance with Sadanand Kadam got an illegal permission from local SDO office for conversion of use of land from agricultural to non-agricultural purpose and constructed a resort in violation of CRZ norms. Anil Parab acquired illegal permission from Revenue Department for construction of Twin bungalow (Ground + 1 Floor) over a piece of land falling under CRZ-III i.e. No Development Zone and after acquiring permission Anil Parab illegally constructed “Sai Resort NX” having Ground + 2 Floors," the ED alleged in a statement.
Counts of fraud by Parab
The agency in its statement further alleged, "Further, Anil Parab with the deliberate intention to hide his identity as owner obtained the permission in the name of the earlier owner namely Vibhas Sathe from Revenue Department, Government of Maharashtra by forging his signature on the application made in this regard. Anil Parab also deliberately hid the fact that the said land falls within CRZ-III before Gram Panchayat and pressurised the Gram Panchayat to transfer the said land along with building in his name although there was no mention of any construction in the original sale deed."
"Further, he has also cheated the Gram Panchayat by making an application for taxation purposes before the completion of the entire construction of the building / resort. It may be mentioned here that the payment of construction of Resort was deliberately made in cash and construction commenced before the registration of land in the name of Anil Parab (even though payments were made and land was in his physical possession) in order to hide the identity of real owner of the building so that in future the expenses made for the building construction & any violation comes to fore, the onus could be shifted to Vibhas Sathe, the previous land owner. When various complaints regarding the illegal construction of Sai Resort NX came to light, Anil Parab sold the said land on paper to Sadanand Kadam to conceal the illegalities and irregularities vis a vis construction of the said resort within CRZ-III i.e. No Development Zone," the agency alleged in the statement.
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