Cong Brings More Cor­rup­tion Charges Against Me­hta

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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.

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