BeyondHeadlines Special Correspondent
The State Anti-Corruption Bureau has finally written to the Maharashtra Government seeking permission to initiate an open inquiry against the IAS officer Pune Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh for allegedly amassing disproportionate wealth. The controversial officer is currently facing serious charges related to property acquisition and land transactions far higher than his known sources of income.
BeyondHeadlines has found that Deshmukh had not declared his property details under the mandatory Immovable Property Returns (IPR) in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The official records clearly show that he has undervalued them and in some case even showed depreciation. Surprisingly, it has been revealed that Deshmukh’s disproportionate assets had been passed to his junior, the Additional Commisioner of Pune, Shyam Deshpande.
Deshmukh’s names features in the list of names of several high profile people from Maharashtra in connection with yet another land scam of 2007 — the Ritchie-Rich Co-operative Society, wherein reserved forest land had been sold off dirt cheap to a builder.
ACB suspects that Deshmukh has acquired movable and immovable property from income not in consonance with his known legitimate sources of income and has sought permission to inquire into case. ACB officials confided that a proposal seeking an open inquiry against Deshmukh has been initiated.
The allegations against are related to buying a vast agricultural land parcel in Satara district in collaboration with a Pune based builder. The land was subsequently declared by government as non-agricultural one, which means it could be used for housing and other infrastructure development use.
“I have only purchased 14 hectares of land in a plot admeasuring 117 hectares. I am a revenue officer and aware of the rules and regulations. The payment to purchase those 14 hectares has been done from my personal bank account. It is beyond my comprehension that how can the ACB seek an open inquiry against me ,” said Deskmukh when asked about the issue.