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