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Cong fires fresh salvo against Maharashtra minister Ranjit Patil

The Congress on Monday launched another attack on Ranjit Patil, the minister of state for law and judiciary and urban development department, this time over his assistants.

mumbai Updated: Jul 13, 2015 23:15 IST
HT Correspondent
Maharashtra minister Ranjit Patil. (HT file photo)
Maharashtra minister Ranjit Patil. (HT file photo)

The Congress on Monday launched another attack on Ranjit Patil, the minister of state for law and judiciary and urban development department, this time over his assistants.

The party claimed the appointment of one of his personal assistants was done in violation of the rules and without checking his credentials.

The Congress also produced documents alleging an earlier claim of Patil, about another of his assistants arrested in a graft case, were false.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant alleged that Patil’s personal secretary Deepak Kasar is facing a departmental inquiry in the Nashik municipal corporation.

The official is under scanner over a complaint against him by his former colleague, Sawant alleged. While the rules state that the confidential reports (CR) of officials be checked before they are appointed in the service of ministers, Kasar was taken in as Patil’s assistant despite the case pending against him, the Congress claimed.

“Before appointing Kasar on the minister’s establishment, his CR for the past five years needed to be verified, according to the rules. However, the general administration department considered his older CRs, which had no records of objectionable remarks. The question here is why an officer with a tainted record was appointed by the minister,” said Sawant. Patil rubbished the allegations, and said a probe will be conducted against the officer if he receives a complaint.

Sawant also produced documents proving how Milind Kadam, who was arrested by the ACB on April 1 this year, was the personal of assistant Ranjit Patil.

Kadam was arrested for demanding a bribe of Rs 4 lakh to issue the order of allotment of notary to an advocate. Patil had claimed then that he had nothing to do with the officer, and he was only briefing him on policy matters as a law officer. However, the order issued by the law and judiciary department in January 2015 clearly states Kadam was transferred to the minister’s office on ‘loan’ basis.

Sawant questioned the helplessness of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in acting against Patil, despite repeated allegations of irregularities in various cases. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, the leader of opposition in the state Assembly, demanded the resignation of the minister.

The allegations
* The Congress claimed the appointment of Ranjit Patil’s personal assistants was done in violation of the rules
* The party also produced documents alleging an earlier claim of Patil, about another of his assistants arrested in a graft case, were false.
* On Sunday, the Opposition alleged Patil was enrolled in two constituencies under different names, and his poll affidavits had under-declared his assets.