Turning up the heat on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Sunil Tatkare, the BJP has threatened to move court against them for alleged corruption and money laundering.
The BJP on Monday met joint commissioner of police Himanshu Roy and additional commissioner of police, Economic Offences Wing (EOW) Rajvardhan and submitted a 2,600-page dossier to them. The dossier, the party claims, has evidence of financial irregularities by public works department minister Bhujbal and water resources minister Tatkare. They also pressed for an FIR and charge sheet against the two.
“It’s been a month since we raised questions about Tatkare’s dealings, but there has been no police action. We have given the police evidence against both Bhujbal and Tatkare and asked them to file an FIR and charge sheet,” said BJP national secretary Kirit Somaiya at a press conference.
Somaiya further said that if the government does not take action against the two ministers till August 15, they will approach the court. “If no action is taken by then, we will file a public interest litigation on August 16 in the Bombay high court,” he said.
The dossier given to the police contains details about 100 ‘benami’ companies allegedly used by the two ministers for illegal financial transactions, said Somaiya.
The BJP has termed the dossier a ‘public charge sheet,’ which contains details of bank transactions, business and other financial transactions, and bank statements of the charitable institutions run by the two ministers.
The BJP has alleged that Bhujbal and Tatkare have been receiving kickbacks for tenders awarded by the Public Works Department and the irrigation department respectively.
Somaiya has also listed 100 companies, some of which are shell companies while others were allegedly used for fraudulent financial transactions to invest the kickbacks.
“This is nothing but money laundering. The kickbacks received from PWD and irrigation contracts have been invested in companies of the two ministers through these shell companies,” he said.