Mumbai: Social activist Medha Patkar has claimed to have fresh evidence in the Maharashtra Irrigation Scam. She has alleged that Income Tax raids at the Mahalakshmi Infraprojects Limited uncovered proof of kickbacks being paid to the tune of Rs 44 crore.
The Income tax assessment report cites documents showing unexplained payments made to people represented by acronyms. Patkar has alleged the acronyms refer to top leaders like Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, former BJP chief NItin Gadkari and Gopinath Mude.
The allegation pertains to the Gosi Khurd irrigation project which was in the news over high cost overruns. Ajit Pawar had been given a clean chit in the Irrigation Scam earlier.
"The Income Tax authorities and Appellate authorities have the powers to directly hand this over to the CBI now, but we all know how the CBI functions. Take the example of the Adarsh case. So we demand that an impartial judge should head a panel under the Commission of Enquiries Act, 1952 to probe the matter," Patkar said.
Reacting to the allegations, Ajit Pawar said, "Medha Patkar's allegation that I was paid a bribe is baseless. I do not have even the remotest connection with the charge. Her allegations are absolutely untrue." BJP leader Gopinath Munde has also denied the allegation saying, "I don't know that contractor and never met him."