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Thane builder’s suicide: ‘Corporator sent Rs 1.5 cr to NCP leader’s account’

Parmar had shot himself on October 7, leaving behind a 13-page suicide note blaming “red-tape” and “harassment by corporators, politicians and civic officials”.

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NCP MLA Jitendra Ahwad

Arguing against the anticipatory bail plea of politicians accused in Thane builder Suraj Parmar’s suicide case, the prosecution said Monday that corporator Najib Mulla transferred Rs 1.5 crore to the account of NCP MLA and former minister Jitendra Awhad.

Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare was contesting arguments of the defence counsel of all four corporators in an open court when he spoke about the politicians’ alleged monetary transactions. Investigators, according to him, are probing the monetary angle that could prove vital for the case.

Parmar had shot himself on October 7, leaving behind a 13-page suicide note blaming “red-tape” and “harassment by corporators, politicians and civic officials”.

He had named some people in his note but scribbled them out in what appeared to be an afterthought. Forensic analysis of his note revealed names of Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (Independent).

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Stating that custodial interrogation of all four was “absolutely necessary”, Thakare informed Justice A S Gadkari that preliminary inquiry had shown transactions running into crores. The prosecutor said Mulla had Rs 29 crore in his account, of which Rs 1.5 crore was transferred to Awhad.

NCP leader Jitendra Ahwad could not be reached for his comments.

Vikrant had declared an income of around Rs 25 lakh, but investigation revealed that he deposited Rs 81 lakh in his account, said Thakare. “His wife’s account shows deposit of crores,” said the prosecutor.

He said three of the four corporators were involved in construction business. The court was also informed that Parmar’s son had received “threat calls”. “We are on the right track of the investigation. We are pin-pointing the person with whom all four were connected,” said Thakare.

The defence of the corporators had argued earlier that the note left by Parmar could not be relied upon to prove the charge. The defence had argued that it was obvious from what Parmar had written that he took the extreme step due to depression.