The petitioner alleged that Khadse, during his tenure as revenue minister, purchased a three-acre plot at Bhosari in Pune owned by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in the name of his kin for Rs 3.75 crore as against the market price of Rs 40 crore.
The state government had earlier set up a judicial commission, headed by retired Justice Dinkar Zoting, to probe the allegations against Khadse.
The high court today said the ACB should carry out the probe “expeditiously and independently”.
It also said that the ACB should not let the previous findings of the Pune police and the judicial commission affect its investigation.
The court said the probe will be supervised by ACB’s Additional Director General.
The HC posted the petition for further hearing on April 3 and asked the ACB to inform it about the progress in the probe by then.
In February this year, the state had told the HC that Pune police had not detected any “prima facie cognisable offence” in the case.
Khadse had quit the Devendra Fadnavis ministry in June last year in the wake of graft allegations, including irregularities in the Pune MIDC land deal.
He had denied allegations of wrongdoing.
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