Loksatta exposes land grab by babus and judges

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/12/2017

Loksatta, the Marathi daily of the Express Group, used RTI to publish a major investigation on Dec 3  titled ‘ Civil Servants Aawas Yojana’, on land grab in prime locations in Mumbai by bureaucrats and judges. It named them and carried pictures of the housing colonies concerned, in Churchgate, Andheri, Oshivara, Santacruz, Varali, Vadala and Juhu. The report says that as the rule for allocating lands for housing specify that beneficiaries should belong to the  low income group, these bureaucrats had submitted affidavits suppressing their actual income.                             

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