CM Prithviraj Chavan has allegedly illegally leased out his flat in a building in Wadala obtained under the CM’s quota some years ago to a woman, who is turning out to be a nuisance to the society. Office-bearers of the Venus Cooperative Housing Society at Bhakti Park, Wadala, have filed a complaint in this regard to the Wadala Truck Terminal (TT) police and demanded that the tenant, one Sneha Poojari, who is in her 20s, be evicted.
In its complaint (dna has a copy), the society alleges that the CM did not inform it about his decision to keep a tenant. He did not inform the local police about the occupancy either, as is mandatory. Incidentally, last year, a woman lawyer was murdered by a security guard in the building.
The CM’s office told dna that Chavan does not want to comment on the issue. When this correspondent visited Chavan’s flat No B-201 on Wednesday, Poojari refused to talk. Her male companion, however, said she would get back later.
As per housing society bylaws, the owner of a flat must give it in writing to the housing society that he intends to rent out the flat and also submit a copy of the registered lease agreement. The local police should also be informed about the tenant in the prescribed form. These rules were introduced to ensure terrorists and other anti-social elements do not occupy flats.
Apart from Poojari, the society has also lodged a police complaint against one Tarana Singh, who occupies flat No B-301, which is owned by Congress MP Hussain Dalwai. “For the last two years, we have been asking both Ms Poojari and Ms Singh to give us a copy of their leave and licence agreements and those of the police certificates so that we are sure that they are bona fide occupants. However, they have been dodging us,” said Vivek Khandare, member of the society’s managing committee. “In fact, they started harassing and abusing us and dropped the names of Chavan and Dalwai. They even lodged bogus complaints of harassment against us.”
Vijay Gawade, a resident of the building, told dna that the two women threatened the society, saying; “Hum CM sahaab kay khaas hai. Humara koi kuch nahi bigaad sakta. Jo karna hai karo.
Ulta tumko mehenga padega.” Gawde said it was after this that they lodged a police complaint against Poojari and Singh with the signatures of a majority members of the society.
Members of the society allege that all kinds of people drop in at the two flats at odd hours. When the watchmen ask for their identities, they abuse the guards. “We belong to middle-class families and get scared by such behaviour,” Gawde said.
Gawde said because of their ‘ high-profile connections’, the police do not take action against the two women. “The CM’s close associate Gajanan Awadkar came and told us that he will give us a copy of the leave and licence agreement and the police approval certificate. He requested us not to approach the media. But he did not turn up. As a result, we lodged a police complaint,” he said.
Advocate Vinod Sampat said it is mandatory to submit the leave and licence agreement copy and police approval certificate. “The society is the owner of the building. It has the right to ask for legal documents. A member of the society is just an occupant and has to follow the society rules and regulations once they are approved in the general body meeting,” he said.
Police sub-inspector PR Yadav told dna that they have asked the occupants to furnish the necessary documents. “We are waiting for the papers,” he said. Dalwai was not available for comment.