Sunday, October 31, 2010

RTI activist exposes land scam involving IPS officers in Mumbai

Days after the Adarsh Nagar Cooperative Housing Society scam was exposed, yet another land scandal in Mumbai has now put Maharashtra's high and mighty in the dock.
The land allotted to Maharashtra cadre IPS officers in the posh Juhu area has been put to commercial use causing heavy loss of revenue to the exchequer. The matter was exposed following a Right to Information Act (RTI) application seeking details of IPS officers availing government quarters. When this prime land was allotted to senior IPS officers in 2003, it was under an agreement that it would not be sold again. It was meant strictly for service apartments and not for commercial purposes. The third condition was that these officers would not seek a government quarter as long as they were posted in Mumbai. But several high-profile police officers of the state threw all norms to the winds in leasing their houses for lakhs of rupees. When the issue reached courts, rulebooks were changed overnight to suit the influential IPS officers' lobby.

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