Anil Parab a Shiv Sena leader and Transport Minister from Maharashtra maintained calm over BJP leader Kirit Somaiya’s acquisitions stating that these allegations are politically motivated.
While speaking to Afternoon Voice the Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab said, “BJP is creating a false perception about many leaders like me, being in opposition they are playing vendetta politics to malign the image of our party and its leaders.” “Whoever has built that resort will answer the investigations; meanwhile I have got nothing to do with this project called Sai Resort at Dapoli, dragging my name in irrelevant controversy will make no sense.”
“I am a law-abiding citizen first and then a political leader, I am sure I have not abused powers given to me. Opposition is doing its job, let them. I will answer all their allegations when the time comes,” Parab stated further.
Whereas the BJP alleged that Parab had not obtained any permission under the CRZ or any other legal permission for the construction. The state minister tried to get the resort legalised by forging the documents after May 11 after the expose of the issue.
Whereas Kirit Somaiya has lodged a complaint with Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar against Maharashtra cabinet minister Anil Parab, accusing him of illegally constructing a resort in Ratnagiri during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Meanwhile, MLA Mihir Kotecha, MLA Rahul Narvekar, Sanjay Upadhyay will meet Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Friday, May 21 at noon to demand Investigation and action against minister Anil Parab for forgery and illegal construction of Rs 10 crore Sai Resort at Dapoli.
Gopal Shetty, BJP MP from Mumbai North said, “I would be accompanying Kirit Somaiya’s delegation to meet honourable Governor to seek investigations into Rs 10 crore Sai Resort at Dapoli fraud by Shiv Sena leader.”
BJP leader and MLA Ram Kadam who is also a social activist told Afternoon Voice, “It is a matter of ethics, my only reason behind meeting the Governor with Kirit Somaiya is to make sure no one should abuse the power. Anil Parab is a Cabinet minister of state, fraud committed by him needs to be investigated, and till then he should resign and support the inquiry. This is where we have ideological differences.”
Though the land is agricultural, construction was done during the COVID lockdown. Somaiya said, “We demand Criminal Action against Shivsena Minister Anil Parab.” Somaiya further stated that “Anil Parab pandered into Forgery, Fraud and constructed Rs 10 crore illegal Sai Resort Nx at Dapoli and the minister did not obtain legal permission under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) for constructing the resort, and that he later legalized it by forging documents.
BJP leaders demand that Anil Parab is immediately charged with abuse of power and building a three-story resort in 2020 is a violation of lockdown rules.
Anil Parab bought the land on June 19, 2019, from Vivan Sathe, a resident of Pune, on Dapoli-Murud beach for Rs 1 crore. The purchase deed has mentioned the land as agricultural land, all documents are as agricultural land. But within seven days, Anil Parab wrote a letter to the Gram Panchayat on June 26, 2019, and immediately started construction.
A statement issued by the BJP stated that the “Maharashtra Minister Anil Parab has constructed Rs 10 crore Sai resort at the seashore of Murud, Dapoli in district Ratnagiri. Somaiya visited the site on May 6 and lodged a complaint with the District Collector and Union Environment Minister.”
BJP lawmakers Gopal Shetty, Girish Bapat, and Manoj Kotak have also written to Javadekar requesting him to send a special environment team to see the violation under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ).