Cops record civic chief’s state­ment

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ma­teen.Hafeez @times­group.com

Mum­bai: Azad Maidan po­lice, prob­ing the tam­per­ing of a plot ac­qui­si­tion file in BMC’s de­vel­op­ment plan (DP) de­part­ment, recorded the state­ment of civic chief Ajoy Me­hta as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion process.

The po­lice had last month booked two builders who own the plot, Gyan­prakash Ka­mal­shankar Shukla and his brother Nikhil Ka­mal­shankar Shukla and ad­vo­cate Bra­hamdev Pandey, for forgery and crim­i­nal con­spir­acy.

“We have recorded Me­hta’s state­ment,” con­firmed a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer, re­fus­ing to di­vulge fur­ther.

The Shuk­las had filed a pe­ti­tion in high court re­gard­ing dereser­va­tion of their plot at Ma­jas, Jo­gesh­wari East. The court said the reser­va­tion had lapsed and they were free to de­velop the prop­erty. Sub­se­quently, on May 14, BMC chief Ajoy Me­hta, in his or­der on the file, noted: “We should challenge this [mat­ter] in Supreme Court.” How­ever, this not­ing was al­tered to: “We shouldn’t challenge this in the Supreme Court.”

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