Cash seizure: Prez`s son blames communication gap
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 16:14
  
Amravati: President Pratibha Patil's son and Congress MLA Raosaheb Shekhawat on Tuesday said the "communication gap" between him and the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) led to the seizure of Rs 1 crore in cash by the local police ahead of the civic polls on February 12.

"There was a communication gap and MPCC could not inform me how and when the fund was dispatched and I came to know only when the Amravati Police seized the vehicle and recovered cash to the tune of Rs one crore.

I got a call from the person bringing cash to Amravati when police detained him. After the seizure, I contacted MPCC office who then quickly faxed detailed statements of disbursement to Amravati Police," Shekhawat told reporters after recording his statement before the Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar.

"I told police that Rs 1 crore was meant for disbursement among 87 Congress nominees in proportion of Rs one lakh each for municipal polls and remaining Rs 13 lakh was supposed to be spent by the Amravati District Congress Committee for meeting the expenses and making advance payments. The entire fund was sent by MPCC through its general secretary advocate Ganesh Patil," Shekhawat said.

We submitted original papers to police for verification and we also told them about the sequence of events, Shekhawat's lawyer Wasim Ahmead Mirza said.

The City Police had asked Shekhawat besides others to record his statement following the direction by a local court in this regard after seizure of the cash.

"Our explanation was satisfactory and we have placed facts before police," Mirza said.

He, however, evaded a direct reply to a query on how the cash landed in the seized vehicle belonging to a private businessman from Nagpur Satyanarayan Agarwal.

Mirza also could not explain about the role of a personal staff of the Minister of State for Water Resources Rajendra Mulak in transportation of cash.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 16:14


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