Amravati cash seizure: Prez`s son questioned

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 14:49

Amravati (Mah): President Pratibha Patil`s
son and Congress MLA Raosaheb Shekhawat was today questioned
by the Amravati Police in connection with the seizure of Rs
one crore unaccounted cash here ahead of the civic polls.

Accompanied by MPCC General Secretary, Ganesh Patil and a
battery of lawyers, Shekhawat reached the Police
Commissioner`s office here this morning, where his statement
was recorded in the case.

Amravati Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar told reporters,
"We have questioned the source and destination of the funds
seized, to which Shekhawat has reiterated that it was party
fund."

He said that investigations are in a critical stage and
"we are probing all angles."
Shekhawat said that as per the requirement, he has
furnished details of transactions of Rs one crore sent by the
MPCC, with all relevant documents and break-up of
disbursements to the police.

The MLA told the police that Rs 87 lakh was meant to be
disbursed to as many number of Congress candidates and the
rest was to be spend by the Amravati city party unit.

Cash worth Rs one crore, which was being transported into
the city from Nagpur in a car and meant to be used during the
civic polls, was seized in the early hours of February 12 and
two persons were arrested in the case.
Following the seizure, the Election Commission had
directed the district collector and municipal commissioner to
file a report about the incident. The Collector had also
issued a notice to Shekhawat and others in the case.

However, denying allegations that the seized cash was
unaccounted, Shekhawat had claimed that the money was meant
for distribution among financially weak candidates for the
local municipal elections, held on February 16.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 09:18

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