‘Fraud’ by land dealer may hit leading Vadodara industrial group

The alleged fraudulent land dealings of city builder Sanjiv alias Sanju Bharambhe alias is likely to affect proposed projects of a leading industrial group of the city as the land which the group bought from the builder for Rs 30 crore faces the prospect of being confiscated by the government.

The Vadodara district collector Vinod Rao has issued order nullifying mutation entries through which Bharambhe acquired the status of an agriculturist in April 1990. Bharambhe had had his name entered in the Village Form No. 6 (record of any change the records of a given plot of land) of the land belonging to one Ravjibhai Parmar of Sokhandakhurd village of Padra taluka of the district. Subsequently, his name was entered in Village Form No. 7/12 (the record of possession holders of the land and those tilling it) also.

Though Bharmbhe was not an agriculturist at that time, he got his name entered through a will of Parmar.

However, during a suo motu revision of the cases, the collector's office found that due procedure was not followed while entering Bharambhe's name in the revenue records.

The orders by the collector also instructs deputy collector to act under Section 84 (c) of Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act 1948, which provides for confiscation of land.

However, on the basis of acquiring status of agriculturalist in 1990, Bharambhe had purchased around 10 plots of agricultural land in Jaspur village in Padra. Later, he sold off around 40,000 square metres of land to the industrial group. Now the collector has ordered action under Section 84 ( c) in all the land deals of Bharambhe, including the one he struck with the industry group.

Sources said the land sold to the industrial group has an old fort-like structure and the group was planing a big-ticket investment project there.

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