Nagpur: The District Court has summoned the Town Planning Department of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to make its statement in the Wathoda TDR case. One of the two recipients of Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) – Bharat Patel – has alleged various flaws in the investigation report submitted by the Divisional Commissioner and also questioned whether it was returned under government pressure of State.
The department received the subpoena on April 13, in which directions were given to present, make a statement and submit relevant documents in the case on April 18. The subpoena was issued in a petition filed by one of the owners of the land – Mohanlal Patel – in 2011. Patel had approached the court after three checks given by Bharat and Sanjay Avchat bounced in 2011.
On April 14, TOI reported that Mohanlal had not secured the proceeds from the sale of Bharat and Avchat even 11 years after the deal.
“Bharat and Avchat were supposed to give me Rs 1.12 crore, for which they gave me five cheques. A check for Rs25 lakh was cashed. Three checks of Rs62.5 lakh bounced, on which I filed the petition. I have a check with me, which I did not deposit in the bank, fearing that it would also bounce and that I would have to pay a fee for disputing the cheating with me,” Mohanlal said.
Meanwhile, BJP East Nagpur MP Krishna Khopde’s office sent out a press release on Friday, in which Bharat said the lawmaker had no role or connection in the matter. “The investigation report has many flaws. I doubt the report was made under pressure from the government,” he said.
The press release added that former Congress minister Satish Chaturvedi said in the media in 2012 that irregularities had occurred in the case. “Later, he was silent when the facts appeared. Tanaji Wanve is a Chaturvedi assistant,” the statement read.
The government had conducted an investigation following a complaint from Wanve. The investigation conducted by the Divisional Commissioner with the assistance of senior officials from the NIT, the State Planning Department, the NMC and the Collector’s Office revealed various irregularities in the issuance of the TDR by the NMC upon request of Bharat and Avchat.