Former Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare was on Tuesday questioned by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau for four hours in connection with alleged irregularities in the tendering of the Kondhane dam in Konkan region. Tatkare had failed to appear before the ACB twice in the past in spite of being issued summons.
According to ACB officers, Tatkare reached the ACB headquarters in Worli at around 11 am on Tuesday. He was then questioned by members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that has been constituted by the ACB to investigate the irrigation scam following orders from the Bombay High Court.
“Tatkare was questioned about various aspects of the Kondhane project, including its tendering process and procedures followed. He left at around 3 pm,” said an ACB officer.
In September this year, the ACB had issued two summons to Tatkare, asking him to present himself at the ACB headquarters for inquiries. Tatkare failed to appear both times, sending some documents through his lawyer the first time and asking for a later date the second time as Ganeshotsav was underway. The ACB had also sent a questionnaire to Tatkare about the Kondhane dam project and his replies were found to be unsatisfactory, officials said.
The ACB had in August this year completed its inquiries into the alleged irregularities in the Balganga dam project. The agency is now investigating the Kondhane dam project. Several other projects by the Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation (KIDC) are also under its scanner.