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MLA’s assets to be attached

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Mar 11, 2017, 4:15 am IST
Updated : Mar 11, 2017, 1:35 pm IST

Mr Kadam was accused of allegedly pulling up a scam of worth more than Rs 312 crore.

	Ramesh Kadam
  Ramesh Kadam

Mumbai: A special CID court on Friday ordered for the attachment of former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Ramesh Kadam’s property worth Rs 135 crore in the Annabhau Sathe Prathisthan scam. Mumbai sessions court Special Judge A.D. Tankhiwale allowed the application filed by prosecution which requested the court to pass an order to attach his property till the trial gets over.

The state CID will attach Kadam’s properties, which include farmland, plots, property in Aurangabad along with 35 bank accounts. According to the court order, Kadam’s 54 properties will be confiscated which are located in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar. He has been alleged of pulling off a scam worth more than Rs 312 crore. The CID had arrested him from the Grand Hyatt hotel on Pune-Ahmednagar road. “Around eight months ago, we had moved an application before the special court that his property needs to be attached. Finally, the court accepted it on Friday,” said Chandrakant Patil, superintendent of police, CID.

Kadam was arrested in August 2015. He was a chairman of the Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe development corporation (LASDC), a state-run body established to help the Matang community. Kadam is considered as a loyalist of former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.

Former NCP leader and MLA Lakshman Dhoble, who quit the party after being denied ticket for the October 2014 assembly election was very vocal about the malpractices at LASDC. Mr Dhoble alleged that there was a scam worth Rs 312 crore.

Mr Dhoble had submitted a 3700-page report with strong evidence to the anti-corruption bureau. In the report, Mr Dhoble alleged that without implementing any procedure Kadam had recruited 73 people at LASDC.

Tags: nationalist congress party (ncp), ramesh kadam, lokshahir annabhau sathe development corporation (lasdc)
Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)