Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut alleged a ₹500 crore scam in BJP-led Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in Pune.
He has written a letter to BJP leader Kirit Somaiya, citing his “influence” on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and ensuring a probe into the matter. Raut described Somaiya as a “scam crusader” and said that he has given him evidence and documents related to the alleged scam in the smart city project.
Somaiya has been in the news for “exposing” alleged financial irregularities, land scams, unauthorized constructions. He has attacked leaders of Maharashtra’s ruling coalition including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Ministers Hassan Mushrif, Anil Parab and Raut.
Raut wrote the letter days after asking the ministers to launch a counterattack and respond to allegations that political opponents were levelling against them.
In a tweet, Raut said, “Sent following letter to ‘Scam crusader’ @kiritsomaiya. It gives details of misappropriation of funds to the tune of 500 cr ₹in the smart city project run by Pimpri Chinchwad corporation ruled by BJP. Hope he will use his influence on ED to start the investigation.”
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) October 20, 2021
Raut, in a two-page letter dated October 11, had said that tenders were floated for some companies in 2018-2019 and conditions were drawn up for them. He said that even after the expiry of the deadline, 50 percent of the work of the project has not been completed.
“This is a clear case of misappropriation of 500 crores of government money and public money for the benefit of these two companies only. It is also very clear that the tenders were awarded to these companies under corrupt practices, abuse of power and tremendous political pressure.
Raut wrote there is a general perception that agencies like ED conduct thorough investigations in all matters that Somaiya brings to their notice.
“Hence, instead of sending this sensitive file to ED or any other investigative agencies, I am sending it directly to you, with the hope that you will investigate this matter thoroughly, and after you find the kind of corruption that has taken place, you will send the file to ED for further investigation and necessary action.”
Somaiya declined to comment, saying he has not received any letter.