The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday summoned Shiv Sena UBT leader Amol Kirtikar, in connection with the alleged irregularities in the distribution of ‘khichdi’ to migrants during the Covid-19 pandemic, sources said.

Kirtikar, who was declared Shiv Sena’s candidate from the Mumbai North West constituency, was earlier investigated by the Economics Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police, as he was named as one of the alleged beneficiaries to whom the funds were diverted by the Khichdi contractors.

Earlier this month, the Enforcement Directorate’s Mumbai Zonal office had provisionally attached immovable properties worth Rs 88.51 lakh, in the form of a residential flat in Mumbai, owned by Suraj Chavan, a close aide of Shiv Sena UBT leader Aaditya Thackeray.

The seizures were made under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

Chavan was arrested in the ‘khichdi’ scam, on charges of influencing contracts by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and is presently under judicial custody.

As per the allegations levelled by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya, Sena UBT leader Sanjay Raut’s brother and daughter also received funds from contractors for the supply of khichdi during the lockdown period.

Later, the Enforcement Directorate recorded a statement of Sanjay Raut in the case.

The investigations came after a First Information Report (FIR) was registered in the case by Mumbai Police, under various sections of the India Penal Code, based on a preliminary investigation by the Economics Offences Wing.

A probe into the case further revealed Suraj Chavan’s role in obtaining work orders, for which he received tainted funds amounting to Rs 1.35 crore.

The same amount was later used by Chavan to acquire properties in Mumbai and Ratnagiri in his name.

Published By:

Vani Mehrotra

Published On:

Mar 27, 2024

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