FIR against retired sales tax official for forgery
Mumbai: Kherwadi police have registered an FIR against a retired assistant sales tax commissioner and his aide for submitting forged documents to the collector’s office to get a house here under the chief minister’s quota. A whistle-blower, who collected information through RTI, found that Prakash Bawaskar processed forged documents on behalf of his aide, Raju Kakade (35), and got a flat allotted under the quota, after showing him as residing in a rented flat. On October 17, police arrested Kakade from his Bandra (E) residence while searching for Bawaskar, who has applied for anticipatory bail at Bombay HC.
The collector’s office lodged a complaint on August 10 after the whistle-blower submitted documents showing Bawaskar’s involvement. The office seized the property allotted to Kakade. The case was registered by Arun Jadhav from the deputy collector’s office. “Bawaskar is on the run. A team has been formed to track him down. Kakade is in judicial custody for forgery,” said Kherwadi police senior inspector Rajendra Patil.
Investigators said a disproportionate assets case had been filed by ACB in Thane against Bawaskar.— V Narayan