Somaiya stopped on way to Kolhapur after he accuses Maha minister of corruption

PTI | Pune | Updated: 20-09-2021 13:29 IST | Created: 20-09-2021 13:29 IST
Somaiya stopped on way to Kolhapur after he accuses Maha minister of corruption
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Former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya on Monday claimed he was stopped by police at Karad in Maharashtra while he was on way to Kolhapur, after the district authorities cited law and order as well as security concerns following his allegations of corruption against Maharashtra Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif.

After being stopped, Somaiya addressed a press conference in Karad, alleging that attempts were made by Mumbai police on Sunday night to prevent him from boarding a Kolhapur-bound train and he was also jostled.

The BJP leader also said he would soon go to Kagal in Kolhapur, the Assembly constituency represented by Mushrif, and file a police complaint against the minister over alleged irregularities committed by him.

A few days back, Somaiya had accused Mushrif of indulging in corruption and holding 'benami' entities in the name of his kin, allegations dismissed as baseless by the latter.

Somaiya, who boarded the Mahalaxmi Express in Mumbai on Sunday night to go to Kolhapur, in a tweet on Monday morning said, ''Police stopped me at Karad under prohibitory order.'' Kolhapur Superintendent of Police Shailesh Balkawde told PTI that a team of district police reached Karad, and Somaiya was stopped at Karad railway station and served a copy of the (prohibitory) order.

''After we told him that he was prohibited from entering the district, he cooperated and will now return after addressing a press conference in Karad,'' the official said.

Somaiya on Sunday displayed an order from Kolhapur Collector Rahul Rekhawar that said the former had been prohibited from entering the district under section 144 of the IPC ''in view of the threat to his life and possibility of law and order situation due to his visit''.

The order also said the police would be occupied with Ganpati immersions and it would not be possible to provide security to Somaiya.

Senior Inspector Sunil Kamble of Navghar police station in Mumbai had also issued a notice to Somaiya, asking him to follow the Kolhapur administration's order. Somaiya's residence at Mulund in Mumbai falls within the jurisdiction of Navghar police station.

Somaiya had called the development as the ''dadagiri'' of the Uddhav Thackeray government.

Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil had termed the move ''dictatorial'' and said the Thackeray government would not be able to stifle Somaiya's voice.

Patil had said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was trying to suppress the voice of Somaiya, who was exposing the ''corrupt'' ministers.

On Monday, talking to reporters in Karad, Somaiya claimed that police had tried to prevent him from boarding the Kolhapur-bound train at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai on Sunday night. He also claimed that the area outside the CSMT was cordoned off and he was jostled.

''I was stopped outside the CSMT to ensure I miss the train,'' the BJP leader said.

He also accused the Mumbai police of forgery, saying they had handed him over an order by the Kolhapur district administration stating that he should not be allowed to leave Mumbai. ''When I was given a copy of the order by Kolhapur police today morning at Karad, there was no mention that I should not be allowed to go out of Mumbai,'' he said.

Somaiya said he would move court against his ''illegal detention'' and the order issued in Mumbai.

He said the Kolhapur district administration's order talks about a threat perception to him if he goes there. ''Is it that since I registered a complaint against Mushrif? There was a plan to attack me,'' he alleged.

The BJP leader said he has already approached the Income Tax department, the Enforcement Directorate, and the Cooperation Ministry with a 2,700-page complaint against Mushrif.

''Based on my complaint, an inquiry has already been started. The ED has sought additional information from me and I will give that information to them,'' he said.

Somaiya asked Mushrif how Rs 127 crore allegedly got transferred to his company through money laundering. He also alleged that Rs 98 crore was transferred to the Sar Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory Limited (in which Mushrif's family members are directors ) through 'bogus'' firms.

He also accused Mushrif of committing a scam worth Rs 100 crore in the Appasaheb Gadhinglaj Cooperative Sugar Mill, claiming the money was transferred through some shell companies from Kolkata, and said he would submit documents related to the sugar mill to the ED.

Somaiya claimed that last year, the sugar mill was handed over to a private firm, which does not have any prior experience of running a sugar mill, without any transparent bidding process. He also alleged that Mushrif's son-in-law was the 'benami' owner of the private firm.

''Whatever money Mushrif earned through corrupt means after he became the minister, he parked that money here (in the sugar mills ). So, we demand a probe into these scams,'' he added.

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