ACB to probe into Khadse land case: Mah Govt tells HC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Mar 2017 09:07:54


Mar 8,


THE Anti-Corruption Bureau would probe the land deal case against BJP leader Eknath Khadse and register an FIR against the accused, Maharashtra Government on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court which said the investigation should be carried out “expeditiously and independently”.

The Government’s decision to transfer the probe to ACB comes after the High Court had during earlier hearings expressed displeasure over the manner in which the local police was handling the investigation.
State Government counsel Niteen Pradhan informed the division bench of Justices R V More and Revati Mohite Dere on Wednesday that the Pune police, which was earlier investigating the case, would not be able to probe the case falling under Prevention of Corruption Act.

“The investigation into the case against Khadse and his family members will be transferred to ACB. An FIR will be lodged against the accused persons,” Pradhan said. The High Court had earlier said that if the Government was not willing to transfer probe to ACB then it would pass appropriate orders. The bench was hearing a petition filed by activist Hemant Gavande.

The petitioner alleged that Khadse, during his tenure as Revenue Minister, purchased a three-acre plot at Bhosari in Pune owned by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in the name of his kin for Rs 3.75 crore as against the market price of Rs 40 crore.

The State Government had earlier set up a judicial commission, headed by retired Justice Dinkar Zoting, to probe the allegations against Khadse. The High Court on Wednesday said the ACB should carry out the probe “expeditiously and independently”.

It also said that the ACB should not let the previous findings of the Pune police and the judicial commission affect its investigation. The court said, the probe will be supervised by ACB’s Additional Director General.