CIDCO Land Scam: After opposition attacks, CM Fadnavis ordered a judicial probe

In the assembly, Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil demanded Chief Minister to resign on moral grounds

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After Congress alleged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) Land Scam, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday announced that there will be a judicial inquiry on the same.  This comes on the second day of Maharashtra Assembly monsoon session being held at Nagpur.

Earlier on July 2, Former Chief Minister Prithvi Raj Chavan along with Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam and Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala accused BJP of selling CIDCO authorised land worth ₹1700 crore for merely ₹3.5 crore to a private builder. The land was allegedly transferred by cheating eight families displaced due to Koyna Dam. 

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In the assembly, Opposition Leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil demanded CM Fadnavis’ resignation holding him accountable on moral grounds. However, BJP MLC Prasad Lad had sent a legal notice against Chavan and Nirupam demanding them to withdraw their statements regarding the land scam. Earlier, Nirupam claimed that Prasad Lad had an important role in setting up the deal, adding that the builder is Lad’s business partner.

Ordering a judicial probe in the matter, CM Fadnavis targeted Chavan saying that during their government displaced people were allotted 660 hectares of land and Additional District Collector was given right to allocate the land.

This comes after Congress questioned the role of the collector for allocating the 24-acre land CIDCO authorised land to the project-affected families.  

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