Notice issued to Prez’s son over seizure of Rs 1cr

Prez Pratibha Patil`s son and Congress MLA Raosaheb Shekhawat was issued a notice by the district collector in connection with the seizure of Rs 1 crore in cash last week.

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2012, 13:45 PM IST

Amravati: President Pratibha Patil`s son
and Congress MLA Raosaheb Shekhawat was issued a notice by the district collector among other office-bearers in connection
with the seizure of Rs 1 crore in cash last week.

"I issued notices to minister of state Rajendra Mulak,
MPCC general secretary Ganesh Patil, MLA Raosaheb Shekhawat,
city Congress chief Vasantrao Saurkar and Mulak`s PA Ashish
Bodhankar on Wednesday and set the hearing for February 21 as
their counsels sought five days time," District Collector
Rahul Mahiwal said Thursday.

Taking serious cognisance of the incident, the
Election Commission had directed the district collector and
municipal commissioner to file a report about the incident.

Denying allegations that the seized cash was
unaccounted, Shekhawat had claimed that the amount was indeed
intended to be distributed among financially weak candidates
contesting the civic poll here.

Polling for ten civic bodies, including Amravati,
across Maharashtra is underway.

"I had sought funds from the state Congress Committee
for distributing them among 87 party candidates as most of
them are women and poor. Accordingly, Rs 1 crore was sent to
me which was to be distributed at Rs 1 lakh per candidate and the rest (of the money) was meant for the district Congress committee," Shekhawat had said.
City Police on Sunday seized the cash which was being
transported in the city from Nagpur in a car and arrested two
persons in this connection.

Meanwhile, BJP yesterday filed an intervention
petition in the district court over the seizure.
BJP city president Pradeep Shingore said the seized
money was unaccounted and Congress was trying to give an
impression that it was a legal transaction as it was "caught
in the act".

"Congress wins elections with money and then further
indulges in corruption to recoup that money," Shingore alleged
claiming the role of police in the matter is ambiguous.

PTI