Held for Army land scam, Jalnawala has cantonment square named after him
While response to a written mail to Southern Command is awaited, Arti Mahajan, PCB vice-president, said, "As per procedure, proposals to name squares or erect statues, or beautification are referred to the general body (GB) of PCB. This particular case has never been referred to GB."
Interestingly, a sources narrated a tale doing the rounds of the racing circle. "It is heard that there was a proposal to name seven small roads in the cantonment after him."
A cantonment official described Jalnawala as a man with a 'zillion' horses. In fact an earlier report in this newspaper in August 2011 mentioned him as owner of 120 horses, many of which are sold to individuals.
Ironically, though the land he tried to allegedly sell is an Army land, Jalnawala and Ahlowalia's connections with the Army brass in the city are not hidden. Sources revealed that Jalnawala is an Army officer's son, and Ahlowalia is widow of an Army officer.
It is learnt her son a captain in the Army is posted in north India. His wedding solemnised at RSI in Pune Camp in October-November 2012 was attended by top officials of Pune Sub Area as well as Southern Command.
Here's another story many in the cantonment talked in whispers about on Friday. "A year ago, Jalnawala had high tea with the Army's top bosses at 6.30 am. The Turf Club staff was specially put to work at 4 am, the earliest ever in the recent past. The meeting was limited to a select few," a source said.