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Maha: ‘Anil Parab’s resort illegal, records forged’

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra revenue department informed the state’s anti-corruption ombudsman on Tuesday that a piece of land in Dapoli, Ratnagiri, on which transport minister Anil Parab had built a resort had been wrongfully tagged as ‘non-agricultural (NA)’, thus proving the construction to be illegal and in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone rules. The 7/12 records showing the status of the property as ‘NA’ have been found to be forged and a police complaint is pending at Dapoli.
After an enquiry following a complaint by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya, the NA status of the land was scrapped on December 3. Principal secretary (revenue and forests) Nitin Kareer was present for the online hearing conducted by the Lokayukta where the forgery and violation were discussed and the state disclosed the findings. Retired justice V N Kanade is the Lokayukta.

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The land in Dapoli on which Anil Parab’s resort stands has been wrongly tagged ‘non-agricultural’

The land admeasuring 4,200 sq metres was bought by Parab, a Shiv Sena leader, in 2017 from one Vibhas Sathe.
The sale deed was registered on June 19, 2019, but the mutation in the 7/12 extract showing sale of land to Parab was not done. In December 2020, after the controversy broke over the illegal construction of a resort on the property, Parab sold it to one Sadanand Kadam.
The land records reflect the names of Sathe and Kadam, said Sanjay Shinde, additional collector, Ratnagiri. He has served a notice on current owner Kadam for carrying out construction without permission. Kadam approached a local sessions court in July 2021 and got a status quo order. The next hearing is on December 13, says a report of the revenue wing to the Lokayukta.
The enquiry was done by the additional collector following a complaint by Somaiya to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who forwarded it to the Lokayukta. The Lokayukta, in turn, directed the government to probe and submit a report. Somaiya had accused Parab of constructing a resort (Sai Resort) in violation of CRZ norms and without clearances from Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority. This was confirmed by the environment department.
“The fact that non-agricultural permission was not accorded shows it is a case of forgery. I had filed a complaint with Dapoli police station, but they have still not registered an FIR,” said Somaiya.
Home department officials too said they had found nothing amiss. But with the revenue inquiry revealing that it had not tagged the land as NA, it is evident that documents had been tampered with.
Somaiya has now been directed by the Lokayukta to file his statement. Thereafter, the three departments will be required to respond.
Parab, in the past, had been accused of constructing an illegal office on an open space owned by Mhada in Bandra East. Here, too, Parab had informed that he was not the owner of the land and the structure did not belong to him.

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