Police have been given directions to arrest Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Ramesh Kadam, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told the assembly on Friday.
In his reply to a calling attention motion raised by the ruling party, the CM said, “There has been huge corruption in Annabhau Sathe Mahamandal and it has been revealed that Kadam siphoned off crores meant for the poor into his own account. Police investigation is underway and directions have been given to arrest him.” Kadam has been accused in the Rs 141-crore scam.
Kadam, the chairman of the corporation, has been accused of siphoning off funds from the PSU meant for backward classes and the poor into organisations he controls, besides making several bad transactions leading to losses for this unit. He has been absconding after an FIR was filed against him this week.
The ruling parties have used Kadam’s scam to hit back at the Opposition’s offensive against the government’s ‘tainted’ ministers.
Fadnavis also said that an inquiry was underway on whether Kadam had given any of the funds siphoned off to any politically influential people.
Atul Bhatkhalkar, who raised the calling attention, had asked whether the government would initiate probe against former deputy chief minister, under whose tenure this scam occurred. Bhatkhalkar’s reference was to Ajit Pawar, also group leader of NCP in the assembly.
Kadam’s scam brings further disrepute to the party that has been battling allegations of graft against several senior leaders.