The APMC Police investigations seemed to have slowed down in the case of the allotments done to fake Mathadis in the Ghansoli’s CIDCO Mass Housing Project. However now the case has been handed over to CID. It may be recalled that we had aired a report on December 24, 2008 on how the 1500 houses allotted for the Mathadis by CIDCO had been surrounded with allegations of corruption. It had come to light that nearly 1500 homes that had no takers allegedly led to one Babasaheb Varade issuing fake Mathadi identity cards to non-Mathadis and getting the vacant apartments allotted to them. According to MLA Shashikant Shinde, Varade was allegedly involved in allotting nearly 1500 houses are allotted to applicants who were not Matahdis. Taking cognizance of this, former Home Minister R R Patil had ordered investigations in the case. When the scam came to light, a case was registered at the APMC Police Station. And the accused was Babasaheb Varade was arrested. At that time reliable sources had alleged that when Babasaheb Varade had found out about his impending arrest, he allegedly got himself admitted in the hospital to fool the police that he was unwell but we had exclusive visuals of Babasaheb Varade looking fine as he spoke on the phone and ate hotel food. This time when NMTV News met the investigating officer of the case PI Kadam he refused to speak on camera saying that the matter is subjudice. The same has now been taken up by MLA Shashikant Shinde with the State Home Ministry. Shinde informs that when the local police failed to move investigations after a certain point, they demanded a CID enquiry to which present Home Minister Jayant Patil agreed to. He added that the pressure on the case continues as the UD department of the state is delaying moving the file for cancellation of homes to non-Mathadis to the Chief Minister’s office. With election code of conduct into effect now, Shashikant Shinde says that he will challenge the state machinery and the corruption that plagues it after the election. The non-Mathadi homes scam has put a question mark on the functioning of various departments of the states. It’s a hope now that the CID will do fair investigations so that justice is rendered to Mathadi workers. With cameraperson Roshan Hate, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
April 30, 2008
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