HC issues notices to institutions headed by Sharad Pawar

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Mumbai, Oct 24 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today issued notices to institutions headed by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and state Irrigation Minister Ajit Pawar as also to a company owned by the son-in-law of Mr Pawar in connection with the alleged illegal allotment of plots belonging to Krishna Valley Corporation (KVC) in Western Maharashtra.

The notices were issued over a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a Baramati resident, Shamsunder Potare.

The petitioner had alleged that plots belonging to the KVC were illegally allotted to Vidya Pratishthan, headed by the NCP chief, Anant Smruti Pratishthan and Sanshodhan Kendra, founded in memory of Ajit Pawar's father, Lavasa Corporation, a company owned by Sharad Pawar's son-in-law Mr Sule, and state Irrigation Minister Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, who heads the KVC.

Shamsunder moved the court seeking cancellation of allotments made to these institutions, saying the land belonging to the KVC could not be utilised for any purporse other than irrigation of KVC waters and in furtherance of objectives connected with distribution of water of the KVC project.

The Act further provides for criminal prosecution of those violating these provisions.

The KVC has alloted 14.63 hectares of land to the Vidya Pratishtan, 3.10 ha land to the Anant Smruti Pratishthan and three acres of land to the Sharadchandraji Scout and Guide Training Centre at Baramati, from where the Union Minister hails.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice J N Patel and Justice Amjad Sayyad, will hear the matter further after six weeks.

UNI

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