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Antulay: Controversies

He resigned as Chief Minister of Maharashtra after the Bombay High Court convicted him of extortion on January 13, 1982.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2008 13:30 IST

He resigned as Chief Minister of Maharashtra after the Bombay High Court convicted him of extortion on January 13, 1982. The court ruled that Antulay had illegally required Bombay area builders to make donations to Indira Gandhi Pristhan trust, one of several trust funds he had established and controlled, in exchange for receiving more cement than the quota allotted to them by the Government.

After the 2006 Mumbai train bombings news reports suggested that, during an Indian Cabinet meeting Antulay had talked about a "mysterious" blast in Nanded in Maharashtra this April believed by Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh and Antulay to be organised by Hindus posing as Muslims. This statement implied that Hindu groups faked terrorist attacks and blamed them routinely on Muslims.

Again after November 2008 Mumbai attacks he has raised a controversy by saying that the end of Hemant Karkare, of the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Maharashtra, killed in the attacks, may be related to his investigation of the Malegaon blasts of 2006, leading to questions about non-Islamic terrorism. His party, Congress, distanced itself from his statements.