Senior NCP chief Eknath Khadse obtained summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) asking him to be current at its Mumbai workplace on December 30. The central investigating company is more likely to probe the cash laundering angle within the Bhosri land deal case, wherein the land was allegedly purchased at an undervalued value.
Khadse confirmed to HT that he had obtained the discover and could be going to the ED workplace. He joined the Sharad Pawar-led NCP in October this 12 months.
The previous BJP heavyweight is going through hassle following allegations of graft and battle of curiosity in a land deal in Bhosri close to Pune in 2016. The plot was purchased by his spouse Mandakini Khadse and son-in-law, Girish Choudhary for Rs three.75 crore towards the prevalent market price of Rs 30 crore, it’s mentioned.
“He needs to harass me and thus the identical case is being probed repeatedly by totally different businesses,” Khadse mentioned with out taking any title. He has blamed former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for all his miseries prior to now 4 years.
“The land was purchased at Rs three.75 crore and the federal government has already spent Rs 14 crore to 15 crore on varied probes. The case was investigated twice by anti-corruption bureau, as soon as by Pune ACB and one other time by Nashik ACB. Pune has submitted its closure report earlier than the courtroom. The state had spent Rs three crore to Rs four crore on Zoting committee (appointed by the erstwhile Devendra Fadnavis authorities) to probe the identical case. It was additionally probed by the Earnings Tax division. In all this would be the fifth probe in the identical land deal,” Khadse mentioned stressing that he has been focused.
In Dhule, he advised reporters that folks from throughout the state have known as and expressed sympathy with him. “Additionally they felt that it is a type of injustice. It seems that they didn’t just like the probes one after the opposite however selections have been made and we’ve to comply with them,” he commented.
The investigation closure report of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) Pune has given a clear chit to the previous income minister. In its report filed earlier than the Pune courtroom in 2018, ACB Pune had mentioned that there was no proof that Khadse was conscious that his spouse and son-in-law had bought the plot.
Khadse was a distinguished chief of the BJP from north Maharashtra and enjoys a major maintain within the area. He comes from Leva Patil, one of many OBC communities, that has a large inhabitants in north Maharashtra.