Maharashtra Minister Moghe under court scrutiny

A local court has asked the police to investigate a criminal compliant filed against Maha Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe.

Yavatmal: A local court has asked the
police to investigate a criminal compliant filed against
Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe and two
others, and submit a report in 60 days.

Judicial Magistrate KS Kulkarni gave the directive on
Tuesday after hearing a petition filed by one Ainuddin
Solanki. Solanki, a resident of village Kurli, has named
Moghe, his nephew Vijay and ex-PA Devanand Pawar in the plea.

According to Solanki, he had paid Rs 42 lakh on two
occasions (in 2000 and 2001) to Moghe and his associates for
getting Government sanction for an ashram (tribal) school and
a Marathi medium D Ed college proposed to be set up by him
(Solanki) when Moghe was Transport Minister.

However, Moghe failed to fulfil his alleged assurance
given to Solanki in this regard. According to the petition,
Solanki tried to contact Moghe and his aides for the school
and college sanction on a number of occasions but to no avail.

Solanki filed a complaint with Wadgaon Road police
station on July 4, 2011 against the trio and demanded that
they be booked for corruption and cheating.

As the police failed to act on the complaint, Solanki
moved the court and requested for an order to the police to
investigate the matter and initiate criminal proceedings
against the Minister and his associates.

After preliminary hearing, the court asked the police
to probe the matter and report to it within 60 days.

The Minister was unavailable for comment. When
contacted, Pawar, a former Chairman of Yavatmal ZP Education
Committee, refuted the charges and said he was ready for any


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