Amassed huge properties but govt. says no to enquiry
BeyondHeadlines Special Correspondent
Pune: Prabhakar Deshmukh, divisional commissioner of Pune region which covers five districts in western Maharashtra is embroiled in a land scam involving 300 acres of land which he purchased along with a Pune based builder. Documents obtained under RTI also reveal that the senior most bureaucrat holds huge lands in the districts which come under his jurisdiction and valued at over Rs 200 crore.
Deshmukh bought a 300 acre land in Jambhe village in Satara district in 2010 for a mere Rs 2 crore and then his department changed the status of the land which led to skyrocketing of the price overnight. The builder then started selling plots attempting to make over Rs 100 crore in just a matter of two years, After reports appeared in the media Deshmukh clarified that he had no business relations with the builder Ramesh Kavediya. He tried to defend the land deal that was registered together with the builder saying that he paid for his land and all his land deals have been communicated to the govt.
The commissioner also purchased a govt. land for constructing his house in his native village in an auction that was conducted by his own office and that too for a mere Rs 50,000. This, even as he got prime govt. flats in Pune for Rs 4 lakh and another flat in worli Mumbai for about Rs. 13 lakh.
The commissioner has allegedly also concocted figures of his property value while submitting the returns of his immovable assets to the central government which is mandatory for every IAS officer in the country.
Even as demand is growing for an enquiry into the assets of the divisional commissioner who was once the private secretary of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, his nephew and Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar has ruled out any possibility of a probe. “we are satisfied with the explanation given by the commissioner,” he told media persons.
Aam Aadmi Party meanwhile has launched an agitation against the commissioner calling for a thorough enquiry and warning of further intensifying their protest if no action is taken within seven days. Anna Hazare too has asked the govt. for a probe.