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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: 3 held in cash-for-votes bust in Navi Mumbai

The men were arrested for allegedly distributing money to residents to favour Nationalist Congress Party’s Parth Pawar

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 14:44 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Pune
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In two separate cases, three men were arrested for allegedly distributing money to residents of Navi Mumbai residential societies, allegedly to favour Nationalist Congress Party’s Parth Pawar.(PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE ONLY)

In two separate cases, three men were arrested for allegedly distributing money to residents of Navi Mumbai residential societies, allegedly to favour Nationalist Congress Party’s Parth Pawar. The three were booked after an investigation by the poll flying squads.

In the first case, the Navi Mumbai police have arrested two people for allegedly distributing money to residents of Kamothe in exchange for their vote to Pawar, an aspirant in the ongoing Lok Sabha election and son of Ajit Pawar, former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.

The two arrested in the case have been identified as Sandeep Paradkar and Vaibhav Patil. Paradkar and Patil were found in possession of Rs 11,900 cash, along with a list of voters from Satyakunj Complex in Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, and slips containing Parth Pawar’s name and photo on it. The list contained printed names of 311 residents of the residential complex and 17 handwritten names.

A case in the matter was registered at Kamothe police station against the two men based on a complaint lodged by Prakash Gaikwad, head of flying squad number two from Panvel.

In the second case, Pratap Arekar was arrested by flying squad number five from Panvel while allegedly distributing money in Balaji Symphony building in Sukapur, Navi Mumbai.

The flying squad found 29 brown envelopes, with Rs 200 in each one of them, in Arekar’s possession. A total of Rs 5,800 was seized from him. Besides the cash, 78 slips with Parth Pawar’s name on it were found. A case under Section 171(e) of Indian Penal Code was registered against Arekar at Khandeshwar police station in Navi Mumbai.

Pawar is up against Shrirang Barne of Shiv Sena for Maval Lok Sabha constituency which goes to poll on Monday. The Pimpri Chinchwad area forms a considerable part of the Maval constituency.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 14:31 IST