Following allegations of graft against ministers, the Congress has raised yet another issue and targeted the CM’s office .
The party linked it to the arrest by the state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on April 1 of Milind Kadam, a legal assistant in the Mantralaya for allegedly demanding a bribe from a Wardha-based advocate for permission to sell notary stamps.
The Congress demanded a probe into permissions granted for similar services to other advocates alleging “economical and ideological corruption.”
Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant alleged, “The proposal for appointment of the Wardha advocate for the notary services had been pending with the CMO and the office of Minister of State (Law and Judiciary) Dr Ranjeet Patil for over four months after interviews of all applicants. Such orders are normally issued within days after the interview.”
After the ACB arrested Kadam for bribery on April 1, the CM claimed it was he who directed the ACB to set the trap. Although allegations that Kadam was associated with Dr Patil’s office had been made at that time, both Fadnavis and Patil maintained “he (Kadam) had only been liaisoning with the latter’s office for matters pertaining to the law and judiciary department.”