Published On: Fri, Apr 10th, 2020

Top Maharashtra cop sent on leave for issuing travel pass to DHFL promoters

Mumbai: Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DHFL) promoters, their families and friends, who travel from Mumbai to Khandala and than to Mahabaleshwar by obtaining VVIP treatment pass, have been booked under various sections of IPC including epidemic Act with case registered at Mahabaleshwar Police station.

The Wadhawans have been linked as accused in the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank and Yes Bank scams

The alleged scam tained family has also bee booked for flouting Section 144 imposed due to the nationwide lockdown amid coronavirus scare.

Besides that the Maharashtra government sent Home Department Principal Secretary Amitabh Gupta, who had issued the permission, on forced leave after the incident was highlighted in sections of electronic media.

According to reports, Gupta, a ADG rank IPS officer, had granted permission to Dheeraj Wadhavan and Kapil Wadhavan, the promoters of company and are on bail in DHFL and Yes Bank fraud case, to travel from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar during lockdown on his letter head, citing family emergency as the reason. However, it was found that there was no such emergency.

The permission – in the form of a ‘To Whomsoever It May Concern’ letter – was issued by Gupta on his personal letterhead on April 8 (Wednesday), permitting the Wadhawans and others to cross from Khandala in Pune to Mahabaleshwar in Satara.

Gupta’s letter said: “This is to just inform you that following are well known to me as they are my family friends and are travelling from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar for family emergency. Hence you are hereby informed through this letter to co-operate with them to reach their destination.”

It listed the registration numbers of all the five vehicles and the names of all the family members, friends, and others who were planning to travel in each of the vehicles for the unspecified ‘family emergency’.

The Wadhawans have been linked as accused in the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank and Yes Bank scams along with the entities, DHFL-HDIL.

It may be mentioned here that a look out notice had been issued by the CBI against the Wadhwan borthers in the Yes Bank fraud case despite which Gupta issued the permission.

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh announced on Twitter that the decision to send Gupta on compulsory leave was taken after consulting Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. While an inquiry has also been set up against him and he will remain on leave until the probe is completed.

Reacting to the development, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya had alleged that Dheeraj Wadhavan and Kapil Wadhavan got VVIP facility which facilitated their family and friends to travel from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar in a cavalcade of five vehicles on a special pass was in gross violation of rules.

“Wadhawan Brothers who are on Bail in DHFL/Yes Bank Fraud case are given VVIP treatment/passes by Maharashtra Govt to travel from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar in Convoy. I have urged Governor of Maharashtra to order Investigation,” the BJP leader had tweeted.

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