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SC agrees to hear Maharashtra opposition leader's plea

Punjab News Express | June 13, 2019 01:07 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a plea moved by Dhananjay Munde, the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, against a Bombay High Court order for registration of an FIR against him in a land grab case.

A vacation bench, comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi, will hear the matter on Friday.

Earlier, the Bombay High Court had directed the police to lodge a case against Munde in an alleged illegal purchase of government land in Beed district.

The court's direction came on a petition filed by Rajabhau Phad, who alleged that the land at Pus village in Ambajogai tehsil, belonged to the government, and it was wrongfully handed over to Belkhandi Math as a gift.

The land transfer took place when Ranit Wyanka Giri was its mahant, despite the fact that the land cannot be transferred without government's permission, Phad contended.

After Giri's death, his family members transferred the land in their names and claimed ownership, and this information was allegedly not shared with the government, the petitioner said.

Later, Munde bought the land in 2012 on the basis of a general power of attorney, according to the petitioner.

Phad also alleged that Munde applied for non-agricultural status (NA) of the land. He said that police failed to register a case against Munde, therefore, he moved to the high court stating that the government land, cannot be sold to anyone.

The petitioner has sought the registration of an FIR under section of forgery and cheating against Munde, his wife and 15 others.

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