Saturday, January 14, 2012

CBI to probe sale of Army plot to private builder in Mumbai

TNN: Jan 14, 2012
NEW DELHI: The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into Maharashtra government's decision to sell a plot of just over an acre, occupied by the Army in suburban Kandivli, to a private company. The PE was registered on the basis of a report received from the additional director general, discipline and vigilance, (Army).

"It was alleged in the report that certain senior Army officers while serving in the Southern Command committed gross misconduct in as much as a plot of land which was in the possession of Central Ordnance Depot (COD), was relinquished unauthorisedly and later on, the same was sold to M/s Neo Pharma ( Kalpataru Builders)," CBI said in a statement.

According to the anti-corruption wing of CBI, Kalpataru constructed a 31-storey apartment on the plot which overlooks the ordnance depot of the Army and thereby compromises security of the depot.

The case is similar to the Adarsh housing society scam in which the defence ministry had alleged that state government officials had in connivance with private persons handed over the land which was under Army's possession.

According to the Army, in June 2007, the government sold the land for Rs 5.94 crore despite objections by the defence ministry.

The land now houses the car park and recreation area of the 31-storey Kalpataru Towers that has been built on an adjoining private plot.
CBI to probe sale of Army plot to private builder in Mumbai

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