Probe panel granted more pow­ers; fresh trou­ble for Khadse

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com Sa­gar Ra­jput sa­gar.ra­jput@hin­dus­tan­times.com

There seems to be more trou­ble in store of ousted rev­enue minister Ek­nath Khadse.

The state govern­ment has brought jus­tice Dinkar Zot­ing com­mit­tee, ap­pointed to probe al­le­ga­tions of land grab by Khadse’s family, un­der the gamut of the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry Act 1952. This means the probe com­mit­tee will get pow­ers of a civil court, can sum­mon any per­son for de­po­si­tion, ex­am­ine him on oath and req­ui­si­tion any pub­lic records or copy from any court for the probe. It would also mean the probe report will be fur­ther de­layed and it would have to be tabled be­fore the leg­is­la­ture as manda­tory un­der the Act.

Khad­se­hadresignedas­rev­enue minister fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of con­flict of in­ter­est in the pur­chase of an in­dus­trial plot by his family at Bhosari in Pune from an in­di­vid­ual who had dis­puted the state ’s no­tice for land ac­qui­si­tion for an in­dus­trial es­tate. Khadse told HT, “I am not aware of any such devel­op­ment. I think this has not hap­pened be­fore. A com­mit­tee has never been no­ti­fied un­der the Act when the probe is un­der­way. I have sub­mit­ted all the doc­u­ments re­lated to the deal to the com­mit­tee.”

A Pol­ish cou­ple was al­legedly robbed of their valu­ables and cash by two peo­ple near Haji Ali on Wed­nes­day. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the cou­ple said the ac­cused bran­dished sharp ob­jects at them while passers-by did not in­ter­vene. The cou­ple were robbed of their high-end watches, gold jew­ellery, Rs5,000 in new notes and a cam­era, the po­lice said. A case has been reg­is­tered with the Tardeo po­lice, while the cou­ple has gone back to Poland after a com­plaint was filed.

The com­plainants were iden­ti­fied as Niep­suj Gorski Wo­j­ciech Lukasz, 28, who is into the real es­tate busi­ness in Nowy Sacz, Poland, and his wife Adri­anna, 27. They had landed in Mum­bai on Novem­ber 16 and were stay­ing at a south Mum­bai ho­tel.

An of­fi­cer from the Tardeo po­lice sta­tion said, “On Satur­day, the cou­ple left their ho­tel at 11am and from Church­gate sta­tion they took a train to Ma­ha­laxmi. They vis­ited Haji Ali and on their way to Sid­dhiv­inayak Tem­ple, the two ac­costed them and robbed them.”

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