A SPECIAL Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court rejected the bail application of Gajanan Patil, the ‘personal aide’ of Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, who was arrested Friday for allegedly demanding a Rs 30 crore bribe. Patil argued that the allegations against him are false and since the matter was being tracked by the ACB for over six months, the investigation in the case could be completed without requiring his custody. Special Judge SV Ranpise of the ACB court rejected his bail application.
Additional public prosecutor, JV Desai, told the court that the case is at an initial stage of the trial with Patil having played a specific role in the crime. The ACB case is that economist Dr Ramesh Jadhav, a former director with the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, approached Khadse’s office seeking a review of a previous government order regarding a land allotment. “The accused has not been cooperating with the investigation. The allegations are serious against him and the police is in the process of determining the nature of his role,” said Desai.
The police have currently booked Patil as the sole accused in the case. The ACB has conducted a search of his Jalgaon home which officials claimed did not yield any information of his financial transactions. Khadse has so far maintained that Patil was not employed in any official or personal capacity with him and was a worker from his Muktainagar assembly constituency in Jalgaon.