Min in trou­ble? State poll panel asks agen­cies to look into cash seizure

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

State co­op­er­a­tion min­is­ter Sub­hash Desh­mukh found him­self in more trou­ble on Fri­day. The min­is­ter’s name cropped up af­ter cash worth Rs91.5 lakh was seized from a vehicle be­long­ing to his com­pany, Lok­man­gal Group, in Os­man­abad on Wed­nes­day. The state elec­tion com­mis­sion found the ex­pla­na­tion by Lok­man­gal group un­sat­is­fac­tory, and de­cided to rope in two govern­ment agen­cies to ver­ify the claims along with a third-party au­dit.

“The group has claimed that the cash be­longed to two branches of the credit so­ci­ety run by them. It needs to be checked if the branches were au­tho­rised to take a de­posit of the quan­tum seized, if prior per­mis­sions from the au­thor­i­ties were taken for trans­port­ing money and if the money seized was sup­ported by book en­tries. Both the agen­cies have ex­per­tise and tech­ni­cal knowl­edge for the ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the facts and the in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted by the group.,” Os­man­abad col­lec­tor Prashant Nar­naware told HT. He said af­ter ver­i­fi­ca­tion, the case may be re­ferred to the In­come Tax depart­ment or the En­force­ment Direc­torate if the need be.

Desh­mukh, who had on Wed­nes­day de­nied any wrong­do­ing by his group, ad­mit­ted there may be ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in­volved.

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