The controversy over the Rs 1 crore Amravati Congress election fund took another turn on Friday with two Nagpur Congress leaders telling Amravati Commissioner of Police (CP) Amitesh Kumar that the money was handed over to the carrier,Ashish Bodhankar,by former MLA Ashok Dhawad in his capacity as co-ordinator.
Dhawad and Congress Nagpur chief Jaiprakash Gupta on Friday met the CP who is conducting a probe into the matter. Collector Rahul Ranjan Mahiwal is conducting a parallel probe on behalf of the Election Commission.
Bodhankar,after being intercepted last month with the money in on a Ford Endeavor vehicle,had told the police that he had come from the residence of Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulaks residence in Nagpur.
Amravati Congress MLA Rajendra Shekhawat had then said the fund was for the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) campaign for municipal corporation elections.
Mulak had earlier this week deposed before the Amravati Collector and CP through his lawyer saying he had no connection with the money and that he didnt know Bodhankar.
Bodhankar also met the CP on Friday saying he had had taken Mulaks name in panic and doesnt know how he had blurted out Mulaks name.
CP Amitesh Kumar told The Indian Express: Bodhankar said he was under pressure and doesnt know how he had taken Mulaks name.
Kumar also said,Dhawad and Gupta said the money belonged to the MPCC and that Dhawad had handed it over to Bodhankar.
Gupta confirmed the statement. The Congress Amravati unit has,meanwhile,told a local court hearing the matter that it doesnt need the money and that it should be returned to the MPCC.