Minister denies link with Amravati cash

Mulak was expected to depose before the Collector,but chose to send his lawyer.

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Published: February 29, 2012 12:40:27 am

The Rs 1 crore “election fund” imbroglio in Amravati took a new twist on Tuesday with Minister of State for Finance and Planning Rajendra Mulak giving a written statement to Collector Rahul Ranjan Mahiwal through his lawyer that he had no connection whatsoever with the money purportedly belonging to the Congress party.

He has also denied knowing Ashish Bodhankar,earlier identified as his personal assistant,and refuted reports that the vehicle originated from his residence. Bodhankar was in the vehicle,purportedly belonging to a Nagpur businessman,when it was intercepted. Bodhankar himself told the Collector on Tuesday that he had got the money from “some other” Congress leader.

Mulak was expected to depose before the Collector,but chose to send his lawyer. He also sought time till March 2 before presenting his case to Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar.

A Ford Endeavour vehicle was intercepted past midnight in Amravati on February 12. The said cash was found in it,which Congress MLA Rajendra Shekhawat had,on record,claimed to be party’s campaign fund.

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