Pune: The Indian Army has been exposed in another shocking land scam. Now the Army is being accused of encroaching over 69 acres of private land near Pune cantonment.
The Army has all along denied it owned the land but in a sudden twist claimed ownership and compensation when a part of the land was handed over to the Pune Municipal Corporation to build a road.
The 69 acres of land, called Survey No. 233 A, adjacent to the Army cantonment in Pune's Lohegaon area valued at about Rs 800 crore is at the heart of a controversy.
The Army says its their land while an individual, Manish Milani, claims it belongs to his father Harish.
Apart from being mentioned in land records a defence land is also supposed to feature in what's called a Key Location Plan (KLP), which is the Army's version of the Master Plan.
So if Survey No. 233 A in Lohegaon was indeed Army's and it should be part of the KLP, a document available with CNN0IBN written by the Defence Estates Officer debunks the Army’s claim.
"A Key Location Plan was prepared in 1994 and shows 233 A was not included in the plan. It further adds this office has time and again stated that there is no documentary evidence supporting to show the land is owned by the Defence," the document says.
Ironically, the Army finds no merit in this explanation and in a shocking order the Headquarter Pune Sub Area in July 2009 ordered for destruction of documents.
"The letter that 233 A is part of KLP, the earlier letter that it is not so can be destroyed," order reads.
So it is the Army that has alleged manipulation of land records to press forward its claim. The case is now with the CBI since early this year.