FIR against re­tired sales tax of­fi­cial for forgery

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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

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