The Pune police on Tuesday said that BJP leader Eknath Khadse had abused his power by forcing the police to file an FIR case against local builder Hemant Gawande, a report by India Today said.
Hemant Gawande has been fighting the FIR for a year now and recently he had filed a complaint against the minister Khadse, his wife and son-in-law Girish Chaudhari, alleging that they bought a three-acre land of MIDC in Bhosari for a mere Rs 3.75 crore.
Gawande had alleged, "The land was sold to Khadse in his wife and son-in-law's name by one Abbas Ukani for Rs 3.75 crore. However, the actual value of the land is more than Rs 80 crore higher than that value." He added, "I waited for MIDC officials to take action against Khadse. But, since there was no action from any government agency, I decided to approach the police and filed a complaint at Bund Garden police station on Monday."
The allegations made by police official Hiraman Shirsaat, were made in an exclusive interview done by India Today. He alleged that since Khadse was an agriculture minister, he got the police force to do his bidding. Shirsaat was quoted as saying that the police were trying to convince him that a civil suit should be filed, rather than a criminal case.
He confirmed that Gawande was speaking the truth in the matter, and said that he would not make baseless allegations.
The Maharashtra government has been silent on this issue. To the allegations of the illegal occupation of land, Khadse had said, "The land at Bhosari MIDC is not in the hands of the MIDC. It belonged to a private owner and I have all the records in possession to show that the land is a private plot and not owned by government. Gawande is making all these baseless allegations. I am open to any inquiry and the police should carry out a thorough investigation in this case." He added, "I am not going to fall prey to these blackmailers' tactics. I feel that a thorough probe should be carried out by the police in the present case."