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Builders named in inquiry reports deny any role in trust land fraud, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

Builders named in inquiry reports deny any role in trust land fraud, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate
NAVI MUMBAI: Some of the people named in the deputy collector’s report of 2013 have denied their role in the trust land scam in Navi Mumbai.

On January 10, 2014, the then Raigad collector had recommended to the Konkan divisional commissioner to file complaints against those named in the inquiry report, according to documents procured under the RTI by activist Rajeev Mishra.

Over 2,700 acres in Panvel and Uran belonging to three trusts were shown to have individual ownership, allegedly by forging documents, and surrendered to Cidco in lieu of compensation and development rights over 12.5% of the plots. It was claimed that these trust plots were illegally released for commercial gains.

Local builder Urmish Udani denied his role in the alleged scam. He told TOI, “The then Konkan commissioner had formed a committee to inquire into my role in the acquisition of land in 2011-12. I was not a party to it. Neither was I called for any clarification nor was I informed about the outcome of the report, which is highly biased and one sided.”

“The inquiry report raised two main allegations against me; acquiring lands from Sir Mohammed Yusuf trust, Sri Swami Hatiramji Mutt trust and Khan Bahadur Hormasji Maneckji Bhiwandiwala Mumbai trust without the permission of charity commissioner and on the basis for fraudulent agreements,” he said, adding that “Sir Mohammed Yusuf trust is a family trust and no permission from the charity commissioner is required for land transactions. The Bombay high court had cleared it. Sri Swami Hatiramji Mutt trust land issue is sub judice.”

An Uran court issued a succession certificate to Dosu Ardeshir Bhiwandiwala, being ‘only son’ of late Ardeshir Bhiwandiwala of Khan Bahadur Hormasji Maneckji Bhiwandiwala trust. “The land issue was inquired into and investigated by various departments since 2011, including economic offences wing-Navi Mumbai, Cidco, charity commissioner and the high court. Every inquiry/investigation cleared the land deals,” said Udani.

“No such recommendation was made against me by the Raigad collector to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner on January 10, 2014,” claimed former talathi, Sanjay Sonawane.

“I had written to the sub divisional officer, deputy collector (land acquisition) metro centre-1 and tehsildar of Panvel on November 14, 2020, to appoint a designated officer to file offences against those named in the two reports citing Navi Mumbai police commissioner’s letter dated September 2, 2020. No response was received,” said Ravindra Mathpati, deputy collector-Raigad, who was transferred in August 2021.


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