Prime Mumbai Plot Allotted To AJL | National Herald Case

Amidst the raging controversy over the National Herald case, the plot allotment of a Mumbai land to Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the parent company of the now-defunct paper, has come under scanner. The government had allotted the land to AJL in 1983 for the construction of a newspaper office, a library and a research centre. However, the company has not completed construction of its complex even after three decades. Sources said that over the years, the then Congress government gave several extensions to AJL to complete the construction, but in vain. RTI activist Anil Galgali has alleged that the status of the land was converted from residential to commercial in 2004, and now a commercial building was being built on the land. “An 11-floored building is being constructed on the Bandra plot owned by AJL. The government had given the land to AJL in 1983 so that a library and a research centre could be constructed. However, no construction has took place on the land since the last 30 years,” Galgali said. According to sources, the BJP has asked the BMC to take back the land owing to the irregularities. Congress leaders, including President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul have been summoned by a Delhi court on December 19 on a complaint by BJP’s Subramanian Swamy against them, for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct newspaper.

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