Cong Brings More Corruption Charges Against Mehta
Our Political Bureau
Mumbai: More serious allegations have been made against Maharashtra’s controversial housing minister Prakash Mehta. The latter is facing trouble after ‘mistakenly’ involving Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ name with a dubious proposal that would have helped a builder make windfall gains. Now, he is being accused of having his son and other relatives shown as tenants to get flats in a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project in Ghatkopar.
The Congress on Friday alleged that Mehta used his office to illegally have his son, Harsh Mehta, and other relatives get flats in a slum rehab scheme in Ghatkopar.
Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil alleged in the Maharashtra Assembly that Mehta’s son and relatives got flats in the Ghatkopar project constructed by a private company Sai Nidhi after claimimg to be tenants under the slum rehabilitation scheme. Patil claimed that the original tenants have yet not got the flats, while the minister’s relatives fraudulently got included their names in the list of tenants.
The Congress leader pointed out that the ministry of corporate affairs has shown that in 2008 the minister was part of the company. He asked the Chief Minister to take action against the minister at least in this case.
This is not the only case in which the minister is facing trouble. Mehta is also facing questions over the haste in clearing an SRA project in Ghatkopar against the rules.
The new revelations is bound to embarrass Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who till yesterday defended Mehta in the MP Mills compound case in Tardeo, saying no illegality has occurred since the proposal was not cleared. However, it has been learnt that on June 23, Mehta’s housing ministry had sent a letter to the SRA giving an okay to the builder to develop the plot that would have earned a profit of over .₹ 600 crore.