The Bazarpeth police here registered the case against former commissioners Govind Rathod, Ramnath Sonawane, S S Bhise, and E Ravindran and Govind Bodke, both of whom are IAS officers, developer Harakchand Jain, architect Anil Nirgude, and the 11 civic officials, including Surendra Tengale, Raghuvir Shelke, Ravi Rao, Maruti Rathod, late on Thursday on directions given on January 18 by Kalyan session court.
The KDMC bosses and town planners are accused of conniving with the developer and allowing the redevelopment of a property in violation of rules starting January 2004. The project is the 23-storey Vastusankalp Punyoday Skylounge near Kalyan’s Ahilyabai chowk.
All 18 have been booked under sections 420, 418, 415, 460 (cheating and house breaking), 448 (house trespass) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and under section 9 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Nobody has been arrested yet.
Arun Gidh, a former corporator, had approached the police with evidence in the case. Turned away, he had moved the court of judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Sonali Raul, who on January 18 ordered the police to file a FIR. “When I approached the local police with the complaint, they did not take the matter seriously. I approached the court, which has finally given me justice,” Gidh told TOI.
Gidh had alleged that developer Jain did not taken proper consent of 137 rental property holders in the old Manik building before taking permission for redevelopment. The developer also got undue favours on floor space index (FSI) for from former KDMC commissioners and town planning officials from 2004 to 2021.
“I decided to fight against the injustice when the building came up in the ward from where I have been elected corporator several times and I found out the developer had violated several norms while construction,” Gidh said.
Narendra Patil, senior police inspector of Bazarpeth police station, said: “The case has been registered on direction of the court and we will collect all required proof before taking any further action.”