Sanjay Raut arrested in Patra Chawl rip-off; will residents get justice now?


New Delhi: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut was remanded to the custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) until August 4 in a cash laundering case on Monday. He was produced by ED at a particular court docket in Mumbai. He was produced by ED earlier than the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA) court docket decide MG Deshpande. The legislation enforcement company had sought his remand for eight days. The ED, represented by particular public prosecutor Hiten Venegaonkar, informed the court docket that Raut and his household have been direct beneficiaries of the proceeds of crime.

What’s the Patra Chawl rip-off?

Patra Chawl was set to be redeveloped by Maharashtra Housing and Improvement Authority (MHADA) round 2007-08. The residents have been requested to vacate their properties in 2008. The contract to develop flats for 672 tenants of Patra Chawl was given to Guru Ashish Building Pvt Ltd. Nonetheless, the corporate did not develope even one flat for the residents and offered the FSI or flooring area index to 9 personal builders. It’s alleged that they received Rs 901.79 crore for a similar. Sanjay Raut’s shut aide Pravin Raut was a key a part of this rip-off and allegedly transferred earnings to Sanjay Raut and his household.

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Residents of Patra Chawl rip-off

The residents of Patra Chawl suffered significantly attributable to this large rip-off as they weren’t given the properties promised to them. In an interview with the Indian Specific, Sanjay Naik who used to stay in Patra Chawl stated that he was promised that he would get his residence again in 3 years. Nonetheless, greater than 10 years later, he nonetheless hasn’t gotten it.

As per the report, Naik resides on lease close to the chawl with a household of 6 members. 

In 2008, the residents have been requested to go away their properties for the undertaking. In accordance with reviews, the builders have been speculated to pay lease each month to all 672 tenants till the undertaking is over. However they have been solely paid lease until 2015 after which the undertaking received caught.

One of many residents of the chawl Naresh Sawant informed Indian Specific, “An individual has to pay a minimum of Rs 20,000 for 1 BHK in Mumbai.Being middle-class, many tenants can not pay that a lot lease and therefore they’ve shifted to areas like Virar, Vasai, Nalasopara, Kalyan, Dombivili and Navi Mumbai. Some have even returned to their villages and have given up all their hopes.”

(With company inputs)