Mumbai, Feb. 25 -- Congress legislator and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday demanded a probe into the land transactions allegedly by bureaucrats and politicians before the notification for the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway was issued.

He alleged that bureaucrats and politicians in the know of the project before it was officially announced "minted money through insider trading". They knew the alignment of the project, bought land and later sold it to the government for five times the price, he alleged, raising the issue during the question hour in the legislative Assembly.

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is building the project. Public works department (MSRDC) minister Eknath Shinde admitted there we...