₹328 crore scam money used to make film on ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh: Congress, NCP
Mumbai city news: Gangakhed Sugar and Energy Private Limited, a sugar mill owned by Ratnakar Gutte and others, allegedly used names of 2,298 farmers from the village in Parbhani district, some of whom were dead, to apply for loans worth Rs328 crore from six banks including five nationalised and one private one.mumbai Updated: Jul 07, 2017 23:36 IST
Opposition parties in Maharashtra alleged that Rs328 crore used to make ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ — a movie based on a book written on former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh — was derived from a sugar factory scam.
Vijay Gutte, son of the main accused in the scam, who has produced movies like Badmashiyaan and Emotional Atyachar, is the director.
The book, by Singh’s media advisor Sanjaya Baru, gave a detailed account of the tenure of his first term as PM. It had sparked a controversy when it was published ahead of the 2014 general elections.
Gangakhed Sugar and Energy Private Limited, a sugar mill owned by Ratnakar Gutte and others, allegedly used names of 2,298 farmers from the village in Parbhani district, some of whom were dead, to apply for loans worth Rs328 crore from six banks including five nationalised and one private one. The matter came to light after a few farmers approached a bank for crop loans and found that they already had loans in their names.
Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said this shows the link between the film makers and the BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). “Since the BJP is in power, I doubt whether the matter will be investigated seriously and the culprit punished,” he said.
Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson, said, “We believe many ruling party members are involved in the scam and the money was siphoned for making the movie. This cannot be done without backing of those who are in power.” He added, “The police should immediately arrest the accused and the case should be handed over to ED for investigation.”
Ratnakar Gutte, also leader of BJP ally Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP), refuted the allegations saying his son is an independent person and the charges are politically motivated.
When contacted Vijay Gutte said the movie has no connection with the allegations made against his father and requested not to involve it into any controversy. “I don’t know anything about this alleged scam. I have not visited the said sugar mill even once in the last five years,” Gutte said.
First Published: Jul 07, 2017 23:36 IST