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Land scam: HC takes note of AAP plea, issues notice to MCA, Maha govt, BMC

The Bombay HC on Thursday sought affidavits from Maharashtra government, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in reply to a PIL filed by ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ alleging illegality and irregularity in allotment of land in suburban Kandivli to MCA.

According to the PIL filed by AAP office-bearers including Mayank Gandhi, the land admeasuring 39,950 square metres was allotted to MCA for training of youngsters in cricket but the association was using it for commercial purposes.

Sharad Pawar, the then president of MCA, had in February 2003 written a letter to the BMC seeking allotment of land in suburban Mumbai for organising coaching of budding cricketers.

In reply, the corporation wrote immediately, saying, that it was considering allotting the plot to MCA, and on 10 February, 2003 the allotment was sanctioned on adoption basis whereby the MCA could only maintain, beautify and manage the plot and not construct anything except a store room and watchman cabin.

In April 2004, the MCA sought the agreement to be converted to caretaker basis which would enable it to develop gymkhana, club, stadium, swimming pool, recreation ground and so on.
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