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MMRDA to conduct financial audit of deal between MCA, Shirke Co

MCA was allotted 13 acres of land by the MMRDA at its costliest BKC layout. The land which was meant for Educational purpose was utilised for commercial purposes, the MMRDA has now decided to conduct a financial audit into the dealings between the MCA and the Shirke Co, state an RTI response to a query filed by RTI Activist Anil Galgali.

The MMRDA which is headed by the CM has not acted against the MCA which is headed by a VHP MLA in the ensued past six months, in the contrary efforts are being taken for granting the MCA permission to construct a Mount Gallery.

Galgali had sought information from the MMRDA administration about the progress in the Notice issued to MCA about nominating an Auditor to conduct enquiry in irregularities. The MMRDA administration informed that it has been decided after seeking legal advice of a Solicitor, that services of a reputed financial audit firm would be taken on considerate fees and an extensive audit would be conducted from the date of agreement between MCA and Shirke Infrastructure. They will also look into the transactions between the related agencies, income tax return and the contract executed between themselves. It would also include verification of transactions related to Associateship fees, Service Charges, Annual Renewal fees, the complete Donors details and contributions which can reveal the truth about the commercial use of the service at MCA. The MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner Shri UPS Madan has authorised the Finance and Audit department to appoint an Auditor and handover the documents pertaining to enquiry.

The MMRDA administration had sought legal advice on the issue from M/s Khaitan & Co and M/s Kanga & Co. In the process, M/s Khaitan & Co did not charge any fees for the advice rendered and M/s Kanga & Co billed MMRDA for Rs 65,000/- for the consultancy, which was paid by the MMRDA.

MCA which is already in violation of lease conditions of MMRDA has in a letter dated August 22, 2017 has requested for permission to construct two Mount Galleries. It is interesting to note that MCA is headed by BJP MLA and its Mumbai President Ashish Shelar.

“The MCA which is already in violation of the lease conditions by indulging in utilisation of the land meant for educational purpose for Commercial purposes, should not be granted the further permission for construction of Mount Gallery until the financial audit is completed and action taken on its previous violations,” stated Galgali.

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