Anti-corruption bureau has given me clean chit in court report, says Maha BJP leader Eknath Khadse
The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which is investigating the MIDC land deal case against former state revenue minister Eknath Khadse, has given him a clean chit in the report it has submitted in court, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader claimed.
“For two years, I have faced various baseless allegations. Now, I learnt that the agency has filed its report in court saying there were no irregularities committed by my family or me,” Khadse said.
The ACB submitted the report pertaining to the First Information Report (FIR) filed against Khadse in connection with alleged irregularities in the purchase of MIDC land near Pune on Friday, a year after it registered a case against Khadse, his wife Mandakini, son-in-law Girish Chaudhary and original land owner Abbas Ukani.
“We have filed a 22-page report in the ACB court in Pune. As the matter is subjudice, I cannot reveal the contents of the report,” said Sandeep Diwan, Superintendent of Police, ACB.
The complaint made by Pune-based activist and builder Hemant Gavande was filed at Pune’s Bund Garden police station, under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.
The BJP leader said he is grateful to his party and colleagues who stood by him. “There were a few people who went against me, but many from my party stood with me,” he said.
In his complaint, Gavande had alleged that Khadse as revenue minister purchased a three-acre plot at Bhosari in Pune. The plot, originally owned by MIDC, was bought by Khadse in his family’s name for Rs 3.75 crore as against the market price of Rs 40 crore, he alleged.
The allegations had forced Khadse to quit Devendra Fadnavis’ ministry in June 2016. Besides the ACB probe, the state government,too, set up a judicial commission, headed by retired Justice Dinkar Zoting, to look into the allegations. The committee has also submitted its report, but its contents have not been made public yet by government.
Gavande said: “I have no idea about the report nor its contents. The ACB should have informed me about the report as the FIR was filed based on my complaint.”