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Pune land deal case: ED probes authenticity of revenue dept document submitted by Eknath Khadse

THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED) is probing the authenticity of a doc of the income division, submitted by NCP chief Eknath Khadse throughout his questioning final week, after detecting alleged anomalies in it with regard to the minutes of a gathering submitted by the Maharashtra Industrial Improvement Company (MIDC) in reference to the Pune land deal case.

The ED claimed that whereas recording his assertion, Khadse was confronted with the minutes of the assembly dated Could 2, 2016. At this assembly, which was chaired by Khadse because the income minister, the chief, who was with the BJP at the moment, is alleged to have given instructions to authorities to execute the sale deed of a bit of land in favour of his spouse and son-in-law, the ED mentioned. The copy of the minutes submitted by Khadse earlier than the Central company has a handwritten addition, stating that “motion must be taken as per legislation”. Nonetheless, ED claimed, that the minutes of the identical assembly submitted by the MIDC, to which the land belonged, don’t point out the handwritten be aware. “We suspect that the addition was made as an afterthought to say that the assembly ended with authorities involved being requested to take motion as per legislation. It was completed to evade motion by investigating businesses wanting into the irregularities within the land deal,” an ED official mentioned.

The ED alleged that Khadse’s son-in-law Girish Chaudhri, who’s at the moment underneath arrest, entered right into a sale deed to amass the MIDC land in Bhosari, Pune, to avail a compensation quantity 2.5 to a few occasions increased than the precise worth. The land was registered at a a lot decrease charge, of Rs 3.75 crore, in opposition to the prevailing worth of Rs 31 crore, it mentioned.

On Monday, ED sought additional custody of Chaudhri and claimed earlier than the particular court docket that Khadse was “instrumental” in getting the sale deed of the property. The ED mentioned that when he was confronted with the minutes of the 2016 assembly, Khadse admitted his presence however mentioned that he had no authority to provide instructions.

The ED instructed the court docket that the minutes submitted by Khadse “gave the impression to be cast”, a cost that Chaudhri’s lawyer Mohan Tekavde denied. There was no entry within the identify of MIDC as proprietor of the land and therefore, there was no query of acquiring any objections from it earlier than getting into a sale deed, Tekavde added.

The ED additionally claimed that it had recorded the assertion of a person claiming to have the facility of legal professional of the unique proprietor of the land, including that he mentioned that regardless that he had given his signature, he was not conscious of the transaction. The Central company alleges that whereas Chaudhri claimed that the land was bought by funds taken as mortgage from just a few firms, the quantity appeared routed by shell firms.

The particular court docket had mentioned on Monday that whereas the genuineness of the minutes of the assembly and possession of the land have been “argued upon by each events”, it was not essential to enter into the deserves of the transaction on the stage of remand. “Nonetheless, from the investigation papers, it might be seen that there’s inconsistent statements by Khadse with respect to the transactions,” the court docket had mentioned, including that contemplating the statements recorded up to now on the transactions and entries of international foreign money as alleged by the ED, alternative for truthful and simply investigation wanted to be given to the company. It despatched Chaudhri to additional custody until Thursday.

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