Pune : Pune developer Avinash Bhosale on Wednesday served a Rs 100 crore defamation notice on AAP leader Preeti Menon and Pune-based Rajesh Bajaj for making false, frivolous and baseless allegations against him spanning a land transaction in Pune. Newspaper reports confirm that he will be initiating civil and criminal proceedings against them.
Bajaj and Menon had urged chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to revoke an order at that time revenue minister, Eknath Khadse, in favour ABIL, a strong controlled by Bhosale, because it was bad in law along with led to a loss of Rs 1,000 crore to the state exchequer.
An ABIL spokesperson said the allegations were made without adequate homework, based on false information and for cheap publicity as Bhosale is a developer. “The price of the plot is Rs 11 ABIL and crore paid a stamp duty of Rs 57.55 lakh. There is no substance in the allegation the state exchequer has suffered a loss in Rs 1,000 crore. Our deal was transparent and all of the documents are accessible for inspection,’’ he said.
If there was the clear violation of lease conditions and accordingly submit a written report towards the state government, on the row over a transfer of the lease of a cooperative housing society, he explained the Pune additional collector had passed an order that the sub-divisional officer should check. ABIL had approached the extra divisional commissioner (Pune), who put aside the July 7, 2015, order and sent back the file to the additional collector to check if ABIL is liable to pay unearned income around the transaction.
ABIL said Bhosale never approached Khadse for a judicial review; actually, Sunil Patil had filed an appeal before him around the row over the land. “Khadse passed a purchase based on documents and evidence before him, as Bhosale had not been a party, so there was clearly no doubt of granting him a favour,’’ he said.