Jaina: Below the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Maharashtra ex-minister and Shiv Sena Deputy Chief Arjun Khotkar introduced that he’s becoming a member of the insurgent faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, right here on Saturday. Declaring his intentions at a crowded media convention, Khotkar mentioned that he held detailed discussions with Shiv Sena President and ex-CM Uddhav Thackeray and Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut on his determination.
“I’ve defined to them the compulsions – which all are conscious – behind my determination, the harassment to my household… I’m compelled to make sure selections… They usually (Thackeray-Raut) have understood my predicament,” mentioned an emotional Khotkar, with out naming the ED.
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To a question, he mentioned that when an individual is dealing with a disaster, he’ll search safety from someplace – an oblique indictment of the central company which is probing him and his household because the previous over two years.
On the central company probe towards him, Khotkar reeled off figures of monetary offers pertaining to the alleged unlawful public sale sale of the Jalna Cooperative Sugar Manufacturing facility Ltd. by the Maharashtra State Cooperative Financial institution (MSCB) and claimed he was harmless.
A few days in the past, Raut lauded Khotkar for displaying braveness and admitting to the harassment by the ED which had compelled him to take the choice (to modify sides to Shinde camp).
Seven months after he was raided in November 2021, final month (June 2022), the ED hooked up Khotkar`s properties below the provisions of the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA) within the FIR lodged by the Financial Offences Wing of Mumbai Police.
Amongst different issues, the investigators claimed that the sugar mill was fraudulently bought by the MSCB to the relations or associates of the financial institution`s officers and administrators flouting norms.
Khotkar`s transfer got here after he known as on Shinde, one other insurgent ex-minister Abdul Sattar and a union minister up to now couple of days