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Premnath Jha murder: Pl sign this letter to CM for Crackdown on Builders & Mantralaya Henchmen

27 February 2012 3 Comments

Dear friends,

RTI Activist’s Union will send the below letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister, with copies to about 80 others, including top civic officials of Mumbai Metropolitan Region and also builders’ organizations such as Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) and Builders’ Association of Navi Mumbai (BANM).




To add your name to the list of signatories, please send email to G R Vora <grvora1@gmail.com>  with the following subject line: “I endorse letter to CM against builder mafia.”


In your email, please state the following details:

  • Name:
  • Main address: (e.g. “Chembur, Mumbai”)
  • Vocation:  (e.g. / Businessman / Advocate / Activist / Concerned citizen / Retired etc.)
  • Mobile No. :
  • E-mail id :


Please email your endorsement to G R Vora before 1.30 pm Wednesday.


For your convenience, the draft of this letter is reproduced below.



29 February, 2012



Shri Prithviraj Chavan,

Chief Minister of Maharashtra,

Mantralaya, 6th Floor,

Madame Cama Road,

Mumbai 400032


Premnath Jha murder:

Investigate Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry & Mantralaya Officials;
Create Watch-List of Unscrupulous Builders to Safeguard Civil Society




Premnath Jha had sought details of several construction projects in the Vasai-Virar area; he was shot dead on February 24. The connection is plainly visible. Please take action based on this.


Sir, we frequently hear in private conversations with builders that all difficulties can be “managed” at Mantralaya, and project clearances can be obtained despite severe shortcomings. Civil society is paying the price for the administration’s leniency, and many RTI activists are losing their lives trying to expose the nexus between builders and state officials.




1)      INVESTIGATE MAHARASHTRA CHAMBER OF HOUSING INDUSTRY (MCHI) and other bodies like Builders’ Association of Navi Mumbai (BANM). MCHI and other bodies are intimately aware of illegalities and criminal offenses being carried out by their members, along with friendly non-members abetting them. They facilitate and protect such builders, act as a respectable front for them before the government and media, lobby for loosening of rules and laws, and engage in expensive PR exercises to whitewash their image. Such associations conveniently ignore issues that should deeply concern them, such as the most recent murder of Premnath Jha, the assault on Yashwant Gavand and Santosh Daundkar in Jan-Feb 2011, and police harassment of Kamlakar Shenoy in July 2011. MCHI, BANM and other associations pretend to be unaware of blatant illegalities of their leading members Niranjan Hiranandani in Powai, Sukhraj B Nahar in Chandivali, Ramakant Jadhav (Shivalik Ventures) in Golibar and Bhupendra Shah (Bhumiraj Constructions) on Palm Beach Road. Please recognize MCHI and BANM’s pivotal role in such matters, and instruct police teams investigating Premnath Jha’s murder and other crimes to question their members. Also, check the spectacular  growth of the personal assets of leading MCHI and BANM members, and their close family members.


2)      PURGE CORRUPT OFFICIALS. Mantralaya and municipal corporations are sheltered places, as police investigating teams rarely go there. This must change, because all builders collaborate with government officials to commit irregularities and crimes. Scrutinize these key officials, and sack them if complicity is revealed:

  • Executive Engineer, Building Proposal, MCGM and other municipal corporations
  • Deputy Chief Engineer, Building Proposal
  • Director, Engineering Services & Projects (Municipal Corporation)
  • Senior Police Inspectors (who turn a blind eye to illegal construction & criminal activities following ‘orders from above’)
  • District Collectors & Additional Collectors (Encroachment Removal)
  • CIDCO’s Planning Department & Controller of Unauthorized Constructions
  • Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA
  • Secretaries of Urban Development and Revenue Department


Firstly, let vigilance officers examine suspicious decisions and unusual asset growth of persons who have held the above-mentioned posts in the last 10 years. Secondly, in connection with Premnath Jha’s murder and other crimes, please direct the police to interrogate these people. Both kinds of searches will surely reveal witnesses, evidence, important leads for cracking the case, and also, the hands of powerful politicians sheltering the builders.


3)      CREATE A STATE GOVT PANEL ENABLING RTI ACTIVISTS TO DEPOSE & SUBMIT INCRIMINATING DOCUMENTS against builders and their henchmen. Based on such prima facie evidence, create a watch-list of builders suspected of rampant illegalities, criminal activities and tax evasion. Ban the builders on this watch-list. Also, make them the prime suspects whenever someone like Premnath Jha is killed or assaulted.


4)      CALL 5-YEAR MORATORIUM ON NEW PROJECT APPROVALS and step in to strictly regulate this runaway industry. Otherwise, a huge housing bubble is growing alarmingly; and when this bubble bursts, prices will crash, triggering mass defaults of housing loans, banking failure and contagion to other sectors. From 2005 to 2012, property prices in MMR doubled, even as inventory of one lakh flats accumulated. It will take about four years to clear this unsold stock. The monopolistic cartel of builders, financiers and estate agent is corrupting the administration, destroying market mechanisms and artificially hiking prices. It is playing pass-the-parcel, forcing investors and banks to carry its business risks. When the music stops, there will be crushing losses all around, widespread business closures and unimaginable suffering to our families. The common man will be left pointing fingers at the government for its failure to foresee this disaster.


Sir, step in decisively to stop these dangerous games. Protect the lives of common people and the economy of Maharashtra. The killing of RTI activist Premnath Jha is an alarm bell, signaling an extremely dangerous conspiracy that is not only anti-people, but also anti-state. Please don’t ignore this alarm bell.


Yours Sincerely,


(Your name, area name, city, email address, phone number

e.g. Krishnaraj Rao, Borivli East, Mumbai, thebravepedestrian@gmail.com, 9821588114)


Copies to:             

1.        Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, South Block, New Delhi 110001

2.        UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, 10 Janpath, New Delhi 110001

3.        Home Minister of Maharashtra R R Patil, Mantralaya, Madame Cama Road, Mumbai 400032

4.        Director General of Police, Maharashtra State Police Headquarters, Shaheed Bhagatsinh Marg, Colaba 400001

5.        Principal Secretary, Urban Development Deptt, Mantralaya, Madame Cama Road, Mumbai 400032

6.        Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, Mantralaya, Madame Cama Road, Mumbai 400032

7.        Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Subodh Kumar, MCGM Headquaters, Mahapalika Marg, Mumbai 400001

8.        Thane Municipal Commissioner R A Rajeev, 2nd floor, Mahapalika Bhavan, Chandanwadi Pachpakadi, Thane 400602

9.        Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Vijay Shantilal Nahata, Commissioner’s Bunglow, Plot no. E 111, sec-21,
Opp. Nerul Rly. Station, Nerul (E), Navi Mumbai 400706

10.     CIDCO Chairman Pramod Hindurao, CIDCO Bhavan, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai 400614

11.     MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner Rahul Asthana, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (E),Mumbai 400051

12 find more info.     Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry President Paras Gundecha

13.     Individual copies to every MCHI managing committee member on this web page http://www.mchi-exhibitions.com/aboutMCHI.html

14.     Builders’ Association of Navi Mumbai President M C Sunny

15.     Individual copies to every BANM managing committee member on this web page http://www.banmnavimumbai.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=43


  • harish kumar chauhan said:

    i am harish kumar, nayabans,khanpur, bulandshehr,utterperdesh. i want to take the total information about Gram pradhan dhakrooli that what amount send by government and which amount is expance in established in government, please give total information in rti act-2005.
    * whow many amount comes in manraga and where had work. and other yojana, please connected the all offices of dovelopment department ,bulandshehr, please action it.
    I am very thank ful to you .
    -harish kumar chauhan ,nayabans, khanpur, bulandshehr, utterperdesh-245405.

  • haridas mandal said:

    Great Job. What about doing the same thing and address a letter to CM Gujarat for killing of RTI Activists Amit Jethawa? Or RTI activists are also colour blind?

  • ALKA SHARMA said: