BJP moves court against Tatkare on graft charges
The BJP on Friday said it has moved the Bombay high court against NCP minister Sunil Tatkare for alleged corruption and money laundering. The party claimed it had filed a PIL against the minister after the state failed to act on its complaint’s against him. The BJP also asked the court to constitute a Special Investigation Team to look into its allegations.
The 300-page petition was filed by BJP national secretary Kirit Somaiya and BJP state spokesperson Madhav Bhandari. “We have requested the court to appoint a SIT monitored by the court which should give a report on all these allegations in a time bound manner,” said Somaiya.
The petition contains what the party claims is evidence of alleged money laundering, bogus financial transactions and corruption by water resources minister Tatkare and his family. It also alleges that the family has created an illegal agricultural land bank and has benefited from inflating the cost of irrigation projects.
According to the petition, research done by the petitioner revealed that Tatkare and his family control 1,000 acres of agricultural land in Ambivali, Dhagawadi, Kihim and Shekhadi regions of Raigad district and land records show that most of the land is in the name of Tatkare’s 29-year-old son Aniket. The petition states that in 2008-09, Aniket had allegedly bought more than 80 plots measuring around 250 acres in Dhagawadi and Ambivali. The plots have been purchased by around 24 companies, of which Aniket and his sister are directors.
The petition also alleged cost escalations in several irrigation projects, where the cost had risen by 100% to 800% in months. “The respondent (Sunil Tatkare) has misused and abused his position as minister to make huge unlawful and illegal gains by pulling scams running into crores of rupees,” the petition says.
The BJP had raised charges of corruption and money laundering against Tatkare earlier this year. The party has claimed that he received kickbacks in irrigation projects and created front companies to cover up his wealth.