Thursday, 27 June 2019
NCP group leader Jayant Patil's accusations of massive corruption against revenue minister Chandrakant Patil rocked the legislature on Wednesday. The matter came up for discussion in the public forum after speaker Haribhau Bagade expunged Jayant Patil's remarks from theAssembly proceedings. The NCP leader and the minister held press conferences where Jayant Patil said the minister's decisions had caused a big loss to the government coffers. He demanded an inquiry into the matter and asked the revenue minister to quit immediately.
Jayant Patil told the media that the minister had waved off R42 crore in premium (usually half the price of the sale deal) that was to be paid to the government, and in the second case, the revenue department's boss allowed a playground to be used for commercial construction. Both land parcels are in Pune district, said the MLA.
A premium called 'nazrana' in the revenue department's parlance must be paid to the government when land in possession of a temple trust (a gift from the government for charitable purpose) is sold. Such payments facilitate the transfer of land in the name of the buyers.