Details of irrigation scam accused Nisar Khatri’s bank transactions revealed he paid for the air tickets for officials of the Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation to travel across the country, anti-corruption bureau (ACB) officers said.
“We found Nisar had, with the help of travel agencies, sponsored the air tickets of three to four KIDC officials. This shows the nexus between contractors and KIDC officials,” said Datta Karale, the superintendent of police, ACB, Thane.
The ACB has also found that Nisar, whose family owns the firm FA Enterprises that bagged several projects in Konkan, owns three more flats in a Jogeshwari residential society and two in the upmarket Bandstand area in Bandra. Nisar also owns a Mercedes car. “The Khatri family owns several vehicles that were registered on an address in Virar and Bhiwandi,” said an ACB officer.
On Thursday, three more people were arrested in connection with the Balganga dam scam. These include Nisar’s brothers Aabid Khatri and Jahid Khatri, and Vijay Kasat, the branch engineer from Kolad.
“We arrested the three on Thursday and they are in our custody. They will be produced in the Thane sessions court on Friday,” said an officer from the Thane ACB.
Nisar and Rithe were sent to 14 days in judicial custody on Thursday.
However, the interrogation of Nisar and Rajesh Rithe, a KIDC engineer arrested earlier, has been interrupted after they complained of health problems.
Nisar was admitted to a private hospital in Thane last week after he complained of chest pain and high BP. On Thursday, Kathri’s advocate told the court he had been forcefully discharged. Rithe, too, complained of high blood pressure and collapsed in the court around 4:15pm. He was rushed to the Thane civic hospital.
“We want to interrogate Khatri and Rithe together about the detail project report made before finalising a project. But because of their health issues, we have not been able to. We suspect no DPR was prepared in the Balganga dam case,” said ACB officer.