PUNE Rajesh Deshmukh, district collector, has ordered a probe into the 200 crore forest land scam in Hadapsar, wherein 18 acres of prime urban forest land was deserved for sale on the open market.

As per the directions of the District Collector, an SDO (sub-divisional officer) has been instructed to conduct the inquiry which will be completed in two weeks.

The matter came to light after the forest department objected to the civil transfer of the land and informed the collector about the incident.

Later a complaint was lodged by the revenue department officials against Hadapsar resident Popat Pandurang Shitkal, who has been named in the FIR lodged by the Vishrambaug police station.

Shitkarlhas been accused of furnishing bogus documents to process his deed. According to the forest department, the accused Shitkal had allegedly got his name registered on the 7/12 extract by forging the signature of state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and former revenue minister President Chandrakant Patil.

Deshmukhsaid, “The state government has sought a detailed probe and submission of a written report regarding the case. The necessary directions have been issued to us and based on the directives, we have initiated action and a probe is being conducted in the case.”

The forest department in its petition stated that the accused had shown an 18-acre plot on survey No. 62 in Hadapsar as his private land which is, in fact, forest land. He unsuccessfully tried to register the said…

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