2013-02-28 13.28.57

Ranjit Mahanti

VISHAL Mathura Gupta, a noted social activist in Kalyan has filed a writ petition in Bombay High Court against Collector Thane District, Tehsildar and Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs) of Kalyan who have failed to take action against a land encroacher Prakash Budhrani. Gupta has been complaining against this encroacher since 2007.

According to the petition, an Ulhasnagar based businessman Budhrani have allegedly grabbed 13-acres agriculture land Kamba village in Kalyan. Budhrani’s family illegally constructed a go down on 50,000 sq feet land of Sid’s plot, in an area reserved for mortuary.

The land belongs to a tribal Mahadu Nago Sid (70). Sid came to know that the accused had removed his name from the title of land documents and had instead inserted their names fraudulently. The land is currently valued at Rs 60 crore. Sid being an illiterate has given power of attorney to Gupta to fight the case on his behalf.

In June, 2013 Gupta and others met VD Mishra, state additional director general of police (ADG). Subsequently Mishra ordered Titwala police to register an FIR. Finally after six years police registered FIR against Budhrani, his wife Nisha, son Vishal and daughter Sheetal, along with their accomplices Sudha Phadke, Prabhakar Agarkar and Alaknanda Natu. At the same time Gupta and others also met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan personally who then had ordered to collector and Tehsildar to take legal action against the accused persons.

On January 28, Gupta filed petition (copy available with ABI) through his lawyer Chandrakant Badgujar against P. Velrasu, Collector Thane District, Shekhar Ghadge, Tehsildar and also sub-divisional officers (SDOs) of Kalyan for their inaction against initiating legal proceedings.

“We have demanded strict action even departmental enquiry (DE) against the Collector and Tehsildar. There is a strict law against encroaching tribal land in Maharahstra but none of the officers are enforcing the law,” said Badgujar.

So far Gupta has filed 115 complaints with concerned department’s officials including PMO and President of India office regarding inaction of the officials.

“I am shocked, that even after registering FIR Titwala police are not showing interest in arresting the accused. Collector and Tehsildar are violating the instructions by disobeying CM’s order. All of them are trying to “manage” me or implicate in false case. I am getting “message” from MLAs and Minister’s men. Fed up with this I filed a writ petition against inaction in the matter,” said Gupta.

In order to harass Gupta and divert the case accused have filed 16 cases against him in the matter. Three in Bombay High Court, five in City Civil court, one in Konkan Commissionrate, five in Tehsildar office and three in sub-divisional offices.

Official Speak

P. Velrasu, Collector, Thane district said, “I can comment after seeing the petition copy only. I have not received the petition.”

“I am not aware about writ petition. I don’t know about petition,” said Shekhar Ghadge, Tehsildar, Kalyan. When ABI reminded him about CM’s order and inaction from his office Ghadge said, “let me see the files.”

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