Mumbai: BJP legislator Anil Gote alleged that there are seven senior government officers allegedly involved in corrupt praactices of senior bureaucrat Radheshyam Mopalwar during the 15-year reign of the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra. He revealed that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was aware of allegations of corruption and inquiries against Mopalwar three months ago.
In a press conference held on Wednesday, Gote said Mopalwar and seven other senior bureaucrats purchased a Kolkata-based loss making company Enrold and in one year the company’s balance sheet improved. “They invested Rs 800 crore in the company. It was nothing but a way to convert black money into white. The bureaucrats purchased the company in the names of their spouse and kids,” he said.
Mopalwar is former managing director of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.
“My demand is not linked with the Nagpur Expressway scam, but irregularities committed by Mopalwar and the seven IAS officers during the 15-year-rule of Congress-NCP combine,” Gote added.
“I already presented the facts to the chief minister three months ago. He was shocked after hearing about the corruption,” said Gote.
When asked why the CM did not act after hearing about the corruption, Gote said, “You should ask the CM about this.” Gote said he had submitted documents on the assets and properties of Mopalwar to the Prime Minister and probe agencies in January 2017. “I am told a high-level probe against Mopalwar is in progress. I am sure the investigating agencies will come to certain conclusions and initiate criminal proceedings,” he said.
“I followed up the matter with the chief secretary’s office, after the PMO sent a reminder to the former,” he said. “The political party ruling the state has changed, but bureaucracy remains the same. Unless action is taken against the officials, the system will remain the same,” said Gote.