A COTTON-GINNING factory owner of Amreli has accused Dinesh Bambhaniya or Dinesh Patel, a key aide of Patidar reservation agitation leader Hardik Patel, of fraud and forgery. The factory owner registered a complaint with the police Tuesday. However, Bambhaniya, a close relative of late Savji Korat, a minister in the former Keshubhai Patel government, said the move was politically motivated to break their agitation.
Punabhai Talaviya, a resident of Kachardi village in Lathi taluka of Amreli and the owner of Murlidhar Ginning factory, gave an application to Damnagar police station, alleging that Bambhaniya owed him Rs 52 lakh, but was refusing to pay up. Accusing Bambhaniya of fraud, he said that the former, after committing to sell him a piece of land, sold the same piece of land to someone else.
Bambhaniya is a native of Kamlapur village in Jasdan taluka of Rajkot district. The 36-year-old member of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) is the nephew of former independent MLA from Jasdan, Bhikhabhai Bambhaniya, and is married to BJP leader and former minister Savjibhai Korat’s brother’s daughter. Till a few years ago, he used to run a cotton ginning and pressing business and had stakes in factories in Jasdan and Jetpur towns.
Talaviya has alleged that he had sold Bambhaniya cotton bales worth Rs1.2 crore in 2012. Bambhaniya had made partial payment to him, but did not pay the remaining amount. “He committed to pay the remaining payment. As an assurance, he also gave me a sworn affidavit, stating that he would sell around 40 bigha of land he claimed to own near Jasdan, if he failed to pay. But, later, he sold the same piece of land to some other person from Talaja in Bhavnagar,” Talaviya told The Indian Express over phone. The ginning factory owner said that the affidavit was made in Gadhada town of Botad district on December 21, 2012, and that Bambhaniya owned him money against the sale of cotton bales and interest on due amount.
“He stopped responding to my calls long time ago and I did not know where he was. However, I saw on TV that he was on the stage of Patidar rally in Ahmedabad on August 25 and called him again, but to no avail. Therefore, I have sought police action,” Talaviya said. The factory owner further added that he would meet Amreli SP on Wednesday and seek action against Bambhaniya.
However, Bambhaniya said that the application was politically motivated. “This is politically motivated and an attempt to derail the agitation. The allegations made in the applications are baseless,” Bambhaniya told The Indian Express. Damnagar police sub-inspector Ashok Trivedi said they will conduct an inquiry and take suitable action on Talaviya’s application.