Pune land deal case: Eknath Khadse's wife, son-in-law enter into agreement with former owners | Exclusive

NCP leader Eknath Khadse, his wife Mandakini Khadse and son-in-law Girish Chaudhary, who are under investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), entered into an agreement with legal heirs of the former owner of the MIDC plot in Pune a month before the official sale.

The accused trio entered into an agreement with the legal heirs of the former owner of land stating that the compensation from MIDC for the land will be received by them. The chargesheet filed by ED has brought to light that an agreement for sale was entered between M Hosnain Zoeb Ukani, the legal heirs of the original or former owner, Abbas Ukani and purchasers of the Pune MIDC land, Mandakini Khadse and Girish Chaudhary on March 28, 2016.

The legal heir or seller, M Hosnain Zoeb Ukani, agreed to convey and transfer an undivided share in the said property. An amount of Rs 50 lakhs was transferred to the account Hosnain Zoeb Ukani by Girish Chaudhary, son-in-law of Khadse, on March 11, 2016 from his bank account for the sole intention to receive an amount of Rs 22.78 crores as compensation from MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation).

AGREEMENT COPY ACCESSED

India Today has exclusively accessed the agreement copy between Ukani and Mandakini Khadse and Girish Chaudhary and paragraph 8 reads, “The vendor hereby specifically agrees and declares that in the event of any compensation being paid by MIDC or Govt of Maharashtra for the acquisition of the said land, the vendor hereby relinquishes all his right and interest in the compensation in favour of the purchasers with a clear understanding that only the purchaser or their nominees would be entitled to receive the compensation in respect of his individual share in the land. The vendor will not claim any right in respect of award or compensation money in future “.

Further, paragraph 11 of the agreement accessed by India Today reads, “If, before completion of the transaction transpired, the said premises or any part thereof is affected by any order of acquisition or requisition by any government or semi-government then the purchasers shall be entitled to receive compensation from MIDC of government”.

During the investigation, ED officials learnt that to achieve the purpose of getting compensation for the said land from MIDC which was already in possession of MIDC, Eknath Khadse also called a meeting on April 12, 2016 for which the matter was not under his then ministerial portfolio and was under the ambit of Maharashtra state’s Industry Ministry as MIDC falls under them.

Khadse, allegedly using his official position as minister, then gave directions to officials either to return the said land to the owner despite knowing that the land could not be returned since many companies already existed over it. Further, he said if land cannot be returned, then compensation should be given to the owner as per the new Land Acquisition Act.

The investigation by ED reveals that despite knowing the fact that the land was in possession of MIDC, the process of purchase of land from late Abbas Ukani was initiated by Mandakini Khadse and Girish Chaudhary. The sale deed for the land was for Rs 3.75 crores while Mandakini Khadse and Girish Chaudhary suppressed the fact that the value of land was Rs 22.83 crores then.

ED had filed chargesheet in the case on September 3 naming Eknath Khadse, Mandakini Khadse, Ravindra Muley and a firm named Benchmark Buildcon PVT Ltd as accused in the case.

Girish Chaudhary was arrested on July 7 in the case and attachments of accounts and properties worth RS 5.73 crores have been done by ED in the case.

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