SRA scam: Devendra Fadnavis ready for Lokayukta probe if required

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SRA scam: Devendra Fadnavis ready for Lokayukta probe if required

Sources confirmed to India Today that the CM has decided to confer powers to the Lokayukta to call him for questioning in the case.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis may have to face questions from the Lokayukta in the slum rehabilitation authority (SRA) scam involving housing minister Prakash Mehta, highly placed sources in the CMO told India Today.

Fadnavis, on August 11- the last day of the monsoon session, ordered an inquiry by Lokayukta over the graft allegations in the SRA scam against Mehta.

Sources confirmed to India Today that the CM has decided to confer powers to the Lokayukta to call him for questioning in the case.

Mehta, in a file pertaining to a slum redevelopment project, had marked on a file that the CM was appraised about the decision of granting extra FSI to a private Builder.

The Opposition has alleged that the decision had benefitted the builder to the tune of Rs 500 crore.

Since his name has been mentioned in the file, Fadnavis has taken a decision to allow the Lokayukta to call him for questioning. The CM does not come under the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta but it can be included by the government. Orders in this regards are likely to be issued this week.

According to sources, the move is specifically aimed at clearing the chief minister's name as he believes that the tainted housing minister has dragged his name without a reason. Facing questions would help Fadnavis come out clean.

Fadnavis sought legal advice and after consultation, decided to appear for questioning if required.

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