28 November, 2020

Politician-Builder-Gangster Nexus

Shady real estate dealings become fodder for the Shiv Sena

Politician-Builder-Gangster Nexus

THE allure of real estate, while low in Mumbai's business circuits, is currently high in the political arena. The corruption cases that are causing much dust to fly in political circles are at present centred around dubious property deals. The most high profile of these charges are traded by Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and Opposition leader Chhagan Bhujbal.

Thackeray's daughter-in-law Smita, Bhujbal alleged, had bought a flat measuring 1,800 sq ft for Rs 3.10 crore through her company Smita Exports Pvt Ltd. The flat, in Silver Beach Apartments located in the central Shivaji Park area, belonged to noted film publicist Bunny Reuben, claimed Bhujbal. The Opposition leader made the accusations on March 15 just before the budget session of the state legislature, and the same day sent a letter to Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram seeking a probe into Smita's company.

Bhujbal also demanded that a list of beneficiaries of the 10 per cent housing quota since the Sena-BJP came to power be made public. "You will find that the...



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