Khichdi scam: EOW registers FIR against Sanjay Raut’s aide, 6 others | Mumbai News

Khichdi scam: EOW registers FIR against Sanjay Raut’s aide, 6 others | Mumbai News

Mumbai police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has registered an FIR against Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut’s close aide Sujit Patkar and six others in the Rs 6.37 crore khichdi scam.

In the scam financial irregularities were allegedly carried out in awarding contracts for distribution of ‘khichdi’ to migrants during the Covid-19 period by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

A senior EOW officer confirmed the development to The Indian Express.

Patkar, 46, is in judicial custody in connection with its ongoing probe into the Covid-19 jumbo centres scam. He was arrested in July this year by the Enforcement Directorate in the money laundering case of the same scam. After that he was sent in judicial custody. Last month EOW had also taken his custody for interrogation.

On behalf of EOW, assistant police inspector Gopal Lavne filed an FIR at the Agripada police station against Patkar, Sunil alias Bala Kadam, Sahyadri Refreshment’s Rajeev Salunkhe, Force one Multi Service’s partners and employees, Sneha Caterer’s partners, then assistant municipal commissioner (Planning) and other unidentified BMC officers. EOW later took over the investigation.

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All the accused have been booked under sections 420, 409, 406, 34 and 120-B of Indian Penal Code. Kadam and Salunkhe were previously arrested by EOW in connection with the Lifeline Management Service – Covid jumbo centres scam case. The two were later granted bail by the court.

Earlier EOW had questioned Shiv Sena MLA Aditya Thackeray’s close aide Suraj Chavan in this case at the Preliminary Enquiry (PE) stage.

PE was initiated after BJP’s former MP Kirit Somaiya had raised objections over the BMC’s spending on Khichdi during pandemic.

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