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Land deal for Ambani’s Antilla may come under CBI lens

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government is considering the Centre’s suggestion to refer to the Central Bureau of Investigation the sale of Wakf Board land to Mr Mukesh Ambani for building ultra luxury residential tower ‘Antilla’. The 27-storey Antilla, in affluent South Mumbai, is said to be built on land owned by the Board. Maharashtra’s Minister for Minority Affairs and Wakf, Mr Arif Nasim Khan, in a written reply to the Assembly on Monday, said the Centre had suggested a CBI investigation in December 2010. An opinion was sought from the State’s Law and Judiciary Department and the matter is with the State Home Department, he said. Mr Khan said the plot reserved for education of children of Khoja Muslim community was sold by Karimbhai Ibrahimbhai Khoja Orphanage to Antillia Commercial Private Ltd for Rs 21.5 crore in July 2002. The deal was cleared by the Charity Commissioner’s Office that August. The land sale issue was raised by Mr Eknath Khadse, Leader of the Opposition. He had asked if the land worth Rs 500 crore now was given away by the Wakf Board to Antillia Commercial for Rs 21 crore.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2011 on page no. 18

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