Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat who is at the centre of a diplomatic row with the US, is one of the 25 allottees who have been found ineligible to own a flat in the controversial Adarsh Housing society by a judicial panel which probed the scam.
According to Maharashtra government rules, an official applying for a flat under a government quota has to give a signed affidavit stating that they do not own any other flat. Devyani had an apartment in Oshiwara locality in the city which too she had got under the government quota.
Her father Uttam Khobragade, a retired IAS officer, was alleged to have facilitated extra floor space index (FSI) to the upscale 31-storey Adarsh society in Colaba by transferring an adjoining Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) plot to the society.
Uttam Khobragade has, however, denied any wrongdoing in the scam.
"We purchased the flat under the reserved quota after paying the correct price. Why should we return the flat," he asked.
Apart from the flat in Adarsh society, Devyani has 10 more immovable properties, according to her property returns for year ending December 31, 2012, available on the Ministry of External Affairs website.
The collective present value of seven of these properties has been shown at little over Rs 78 lakh, while that of the flat in Adarsh building is Rs 90 lakh. The value of three properties has not been mentioned in the return.
The purchase of the flat in Adarsh society, according to the return, was made from proceeds from the sale of her flat in Meera Cooperative Housing Society at Oshiwara.
Seven of the properties including land have been shown as inherited from her father of given by him as gift.
Her annual income from five of the 11 properties has been shown at Rs 1.26 lakh. While eight of these properties are in Maharashtra, two others are in Ernakulam district of Kerala and one in Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.
The Maharashtra government has rejected the conclusions of the report.
The row between India and the US erupted after Khobragade, the Indian Consul General in New York, was arrested in the US for alleged visa fraud and subjected to ill-treatment.
Misogynist ,,wish all those who are calling her arrest unjust see it as natural justice
SHYAMAL B, can you please give more information or links about the indian woman in chicago who went onto a fast
Hey Khobra Gadhe, cool down bro! Don't expect the government to burn every diplomatic bridge to rescue your entitled daughter. She is being tried in the US legal system not in mulla courts of Arabian nations. US justice system is fair; they couldn't even execute all of the 9/11 conspirators in custody. Your daughter will come out clean if she did nothing wrong. Unfortunately, if she has committed a crime, you, your babudom or all that wealth you stashed and even your fast cannot buy the justice there. She got to eat what she cooked. BTW, an Indian lady in Chicago tried that fast unto death trick last year and you may be knowing how that went. If you continue your fast... you will meet her there!
SHYAMAL B., KOLKATA
We'll said. Mr. K is taking a high moral ground on quick sand. May be in India such silly tactics of arm twisting have currency but a strong nation would not budge for such blackmailing tactics. The whole episode seems like an opportunity for E media and sundry politicians for self promotion. What an immature democracy we are?
only a couple of days ago you were rallying for Ms.K !!! In fact I was surprised that a retired civil servant that you are, was so vociferous without adequate hard facts on hand to say what you said by joining the chorus that gave more weightage to Ms K's humiliation than the alleged ill treatment she meted out to the maid. I wish you had asked for restraint and investigation into Ms K's visa fraud etc.