Pune: The Warje Malwadi police filed a case of cheating against Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade of the BJP late on Saturday evening.
The police action came after a magisterial court directed the Warje Malwadi police station to lodge a case against Kakade for allegedly cheating Kopre village residents with regard to rehabilitation. Kakade has claimed that there was no wrongdoing on his part.
The order passed by Judicial Magistrate (First Class) PT Gotey on September 12 directed the police to register a formal complaint against Kakade, his brothers and two others. Kakade said the order was passed without giving him a hearing. He also claimed that there was no truth in the submissions of the complainant.
The case pertains to rehabilitation of residents of Kopre village after their land was acquired in 1960s for construction of the National Defence Academy and Khadakwasla Dam. In lieu of this acquired land, the State government allotted a 15-hectare plot of land at Hingane near Karve Nagar for rehabilitation of these villagers.
As per the complaint filed by Dilip Haribhau More (55), who was among those displaced by the land acquisition process, he was allotted a plot measuring 2,500 square feet. In 2001, Kakade approached the villagers and said he would develop the plots and give flats and shops in proportion to the plot size they were allotted.
More claimed that Suryakant Kakade (56), with whom the contract was signed, executed a correction deed in June 2002, where he changed his name with that of his firm Kakade Constructions and also changed the development plan of the plot. He alleged that MP Kakade misused his power of attorney, thereby changing the original agreement signed between the two parties to benefit his own construction company.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, the Rajya Sabha MP said that all the allegations leveled against him are baseless and he is ready to face the police inquiry.
“I have all the relevant documents pertaining to the development of the plot in New Kopre and that will be put before the court and the police,” Kakade told reporters.
He said that Dilip More had 2,500 square feet plot and his company had agreed to give him a 1,000 square feet flat in the scheme, but More started demanding more than what was mentioned in the agreement. “When we did not budge to his demands, he started levelling allegations against us,” Kakade added.