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Sena MLC booked for distributing cash in Maharashtra’s Palghar

The EC squad stopped his car near the park and found the cash in the glove compartment, said inspector Daniel Ben of Tulinj police station said.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 13:41 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Mumbai
Shiv Sena’s,Nalla Sopara,Lok Sabha elections
Shiv Sena’s member of legislative council Ravindra Phatak booked after Rs 64,500 cash was found in his car by the EC squad on Monday in Nalla Sopara.(HT photo)

The Shiv Sena’s member of legislative council Ravindra Phatak was on Monday booked by police after he was allegedly caught with two bags with bundles of Rs 500 currency notes in his car by officials of the Election Commission in Nalla Sopara of Maharashtra’s Palghar district.

Police said Election Commission officials stopped his car and found Rs 64,500, which was allegedly meant to be distributed among voters in Nalla Sopara early on Monday.

“The act is a clear violation of the model code of conduct rules and we booked Phatak under Section 188 (disobedience) of IPC though we have not arrested him,” said Ben.

Phatak had come in a car near Central Park in Nalla Sopara East when the mayor of Vasai civic body Rupesh Jadhav tipped off the EC squad about his presence. The EC squad stopped his car near the park and found the cash in the glove compartment, said inspector Daniel Ben of Tulinj police station said.

The inspector said Phatak and Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) leader Rupesh Jadhav and 60 others from both the parties were also booked for rioting and wrongful restraint under sections of the Indian Penal Code as they got into an argument near the Sena office after the incident.

BVA chief and an MLA from Vasai Hitendra Thakur said Phatak was found in Nalla Sopara even though he is elected from Thane and does not belong to Palghar constituency.

After the campaigning ended on Friday, Phatak should not have been in Nalla Sopara or “perhaps he had come to sell peanuts in Nalla Sopara on Monday”, retorted Thakur.

Phatak was deliberately creating a law and order issue in Nalla Sopara and he had information that another vehicle was carrying lots of cash but escaped in the darkness, said Thakur.

He also accused Phatak of distributing cash to voters in Palghar, Kelwe and Saphale.

Polling is being held in Palghar along with 16 other parliamentary constituencies in Maharashtra in the fourth round of the seven-phased general election on Monday.

This phase includes three parliamentary constituencies from western Maharashtra, four from Konkan region, four from north Maharashtra and six seats from Mumbai. Polling in 31 seats has already been held in the first three phases.

The votes will be counted on May 23.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 13:36 IST