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Darda family involved in land scam?

He urges the government to take action against Vijay Darda failing which he will file a petition against Darda family in Bombay High Court.

Social worker Pankaj Govardhanrao Thakare has alleged that former Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda and his family members have misused their official position and have illegally acquired 9 plots in Butibori, MIDC Nagpur. These plots were reserved for differently abled and mentally challenged persons. They have acquired plots for commercial purposes from the state government. Darda family had constructed a hall and organised marriage functions and birthday parties. Even though a complaint was filed against Darda with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Nagpur MIDC departmental officials, they have failed to take any action against him.

Pankaj Thakare said, “The state government must take action against Vijay Darda or else we will file a petition in the Bombay High Court. They should act against those ministers and bureaucrats who have assisted Darda family, within 15 days. Vijay Darda had served as a Rajya Sabha MP during 1998 to 2016 and he had misused his official position to acquire several plots. Instead of serving the people, he was pursuing his own selfish interests and promoting his business.”

“Printing business can’t function from industrial zone. However, Darda flouted rules and managed to obtain permission to start business there. He purchased 40,000 sq ft at Rs 100 per sq feet. Later, he also obtained two plots under the name of Lokmat. He registered bogus company under the name B 207, Veena Infosys B 208 on 23th March 2001,” he added.

Vijay Darda had written a letter to MIDC assistant executive officer on 7th May 2002. The second letter dated 18th April 2002 was sent Nagpur regional official. In these letters, he had sought permission to transfer the plot acquired for Veena Infosys in the name of Lokmat newspapers. Darda had sent a letter to industrial minister Patangrao Kadam 14th April 2004 and urged him to allot plots under industrial rates.”

Vijay Darda and his daughter in law Rachna Darda and business partner Sheetal Jain had procured a plot in their names and named the company as Media World enterprises. The company was not registered under Factories act. Despite this 16000 sq ft plot was allotted to him on 24th April 2007. He also forwarded a letter to former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and asking him to offer various incentives for his business.”

The plot allotted to Darda family is close to national highway. As per MIDC rules completion certificate is only issued after the completion of 20 per cent of construction work. Then how was certificate issued to them even though work was incomplete. Even today 16 acre lies vacant and no work has been undertaken there.

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