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VIP allotment: Mumbai plots worth Rs 100 crore sold @ Rs 1 lac to Rajiv Shukla’s wife

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The BAG Films Education Society (BFES), chaired by Anuradha Shukla, wife of Member of Parliament Rajiv Shukla purchased a multi-crore plot in upscale Mumbai for a paltry sum of Rs 1 lakh, a news report said.

In 2008, a 2,821-sq-m government owned plot in Andheri, reserved for a primary school, was sold to BAG Films Education Society (BFES) for a paltry Rs 98,735. The report also revealed that a 3,534-sq-m plot adjacent to the first one, reserved for a playground, was allotted to BFES on a 15-year lease for just Rs 6,309.

For the first plot, the state charged BFES only 25 per cent of this value, or Rs 98,735, while making it clear that the land could be only used for a primary school. On the very same day, the second plot was given to BFES on a 15-year lease based on the 1976 land value of Rs 6,309.

The current market value of the two plots, located near Andheri’s Country Club, is a staggering Rs 100 crore, even if going by a conservative standard.

The society had applied for the plots in 2007 when Member of Parliament Rajeev Shukla, was its secretary and the state revenue department accepted the request and allotted the two plots to BFES in September 2008.

While allotting the plots, the government calculated their value based on 1976 rates, or Rs 140 a square metre.

The reason behind the huge discounts and use of 1976 rates remains a mystery.

“The allotment is nothing but a scam and we have already urged the district collector and chief minister’s office to conduct a thorough inquiry. Until the inquiry is completed, the allotments should stand cancelled,” said Ashoke Pandit, convenor of Save Open Spaces, an NGO told Mumbai Mirror.

Anuradha Prasad, however, denied any foul play in the allotments.

“The rates were calculated by the government and we paid the sum that was expected from us. It is for the government to decide the value of the plot,” Prasad said.

Denying responsibility for the allotment, Sanjay Deshmukh, suburban collector, told Mirror, “The allotment of such plots is done at the state level by the revenue and finance departments. My office only implements the order they give. However, I will look into the case.”

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Manohar set to be named BCCI chief at Sunday’s SGM

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By NewsGram staff writer

Mumbai: Former president Shashank Manohar has emerged as the sole candidate to be elected to the top post of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has fallen vacant with the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya, in the Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held here on Sunday.

The chair has been lying vacant since Dalmiya died in Kolkata on September 20. As per BCCI’s constitution, a notification for a SGM to nominate a successor has to be issued within 15 days of the incumbent’s death.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said Manohar is the only candidate for the top post.

A SGM will be held here on Sunday where a decision regarding the vacant chair will be taken. Manohar, a lawyer by profession, earlier held the post from 2008 to 2011.

Shashank Manohar is the only candidate for the BCCI president’s post. A decision regarding it will be taken in BCCI’s SGM in Mumbai on October 4,” Thakur had said on the sidelines of the T20 practice match between India and the visiting South African team in New Delhi on September 29.

Manohar emerged as a consensus candidate among East Zone units whose turn it is to nominate a president till 2017. Any candidate for the BCCI top job will need a proposer from the eastern region.

It was earlier believed the Tripura Cricket Association or National Cricket Club will propose Manohar’s candidature. But it is now believed former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who succeeded Dalmiya as the new Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, is likely to propose Manohar’s name for the post.

But Ganguly dodged all questions in a recent event when he was asked if he would support and recommend Manohar’s name for the top post.

Manohar is known to be close to former BCCI and International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Sharad Pawar. The senior lawyer has Pawar’s backing and after Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Rajiv Shukla opted out of the race, he is likely to be supported by Anurag Thakur as well.

Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) chief Amitabh Choudhary had emerged as a possible candidate earlier, but his chances slimmed considerably as the Sharad Pawar and Anurag Thakur factions wanted their man at the top.

Manohar is unlikely to face any rival since the faction led by ex-BCCI chief N Srinivasan doesn’t have the majority among 29 votes to counter the former’s candidature.

Srinivasan is ineligible to attend the meeting on Sunday but he can cast his vote at the SGM in the scenario of an election.

(IANS)

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After Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhra Raje, Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and Rajiv Shukla get entangled in Modi Gate

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New Delhi: IPL’s controversial former chief Lalit Modi on Tuesday admitted close relations with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and said he has been “over criticised” and “taken to task” by the former UPA government.

“At the end I have done nothing wrong. I’ve gone by book… I have been over criticised, have been taken to task by the (UPA) government for no reason for all,” he said in an interview to India Today TV.

“The entire UPA government was against me,” he said.

Modi added that former finance minister P. Chidambaram tried to deport him to India.

He challenged the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to prove charges against him and said “Swarajs” have been his friends for over 20 years, and that Vasundhara Raje is a “family friend”.

Asked if he was cool about External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj possibly losing her job because of her support to him, he said: “I am not perfectly cool and calm about someone doing an honest losing their job. (Shashi) Tharoor lost job because he lied. He lied he had nothing to do with the Kochi team…”

He said he sought help from Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje so that he could be with his ailing wife, and admitted making call to Sushma Swaraj.

He said he could have given up his right as Indian citizen and taken another citizenship but he did not do so because he wanted to prove that his passport was taken wrongly.

Modi also said Sushma Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri has been his lawyer for four years.

“I am close to a lot of politicians,” he added.

“Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel also helped me with travel papers… Rajiv Shukla also helped me with travel documents,” he said. (IANS)