The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed a charge sheet in the graft case involving the revenue department a few days ago. However, former minister Eknath Khadse has not been named in it.
While he has been given a clean chit in the case, sources said the phone transcripts mentioned in the charge sheet did not name him.The charge sheet — a 1,000 pages-long document — mentions Gajanan Patil as the only accused in the case, in which Rs 30 crore was demanded as a bribe. ACB sources said Khadse was not involved in the demand. The charge sheet also consists of documents and details pertaining to the land deal.
“The conversation between the complainant and Patil mention a ‘bhau’ and a ‘dada’. The two people referred to are not Khadse,” said an ACB officer. Officials said that Patil had not been employed by the then minister.
Patil belonged to Khadse’s constituency - Jalgaon. He was acquainted with the former minister and had made several visits to his official residence and office.
After Patil was caught, the ACB had conducted searches at his residence, but had failed to find any incriminating documents.
In a statement issued after Patil’s arrest, Khadse said the application by the complainant’s organisation for the land was rejected on 27 March, 2014, as it was meant for cattle grazing. The land was given to the transport department on the instructions of the court.
The ACB’s evaluation of the land’s cost is mentioned in the charge sheet. Sources said the value of the land was far less than the market rate.