The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has alleged that Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik has received kickbacks of over Rs 7 crore from security service provider Topsgrup for allegedly facilitating a contract of Rs 175 crore with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The contract for providing security guards at MMRDA was sub-contracted to Topsgrup.
Sources said that Amit Chandole, director of Vihang Advertising and a close aide of Sarnaik, who was arrested by ED, late night on Wednesday, allegedly used to collect Rs 6 lakh every month from Topsgrup on behalf of Sarnaik.
TopsGrup, founded by Rahul Nanda, runs a security service across the country. Chandole is also on the board of several firms run by Sarnaik and his family.
The ED is investigating a money laundering case against the promoters of Topsgrup, a few related parties and Sarnaik. The ED case is based on October 28 FIR, filed by a former employee of Topsgrup , Ramesh Iyer , who has alleged that Topsgrup has cheated MMRDA of Rs 175 crore.
Chandole will be produced in a court today for remand.
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