Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary Kirit Somaiya on Friday requested the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police to investigate charges against Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare and his family members for allegedly amassing huge assets.
“Tatkare’s company Multiventure Agro & Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd. has a shareholding pattern where 45 per cent of the shares are owned by Yash V. jewels, a company which is banned by SEBI from buying or dealing in any securities,” the complaint submitted by Mr. Somaiya to the Additional Commissioner of Police, EOW, said.
“Tatkare’s Next Technologies (I) Pvt. Ltd. issued 1, 90,575 shares at Rs. 400 a share to dummy shareholders and immediately bought back the same at Rs. 10. In other words, shares were issued at Rs. 7.43 crore but bought back for a mere Rs. 29 lakh – a clear case of money laundering,” it said.
“Dummy persons to cover up beneficiaries”
The complaint alleged that Mr. Tatkare formed companies in the name of dummy persons to cover up the actual beneficiaries. “Tatkare’s gardener, Kiran Keshav Sarange, was only 19 years old when Tatkare formed nine companies in his name,” it said.
Mr. Tatkare had denied the charges against him and his family members.
According to informed sources, the complaint, submitted to senior police officials, will be scrutinised. “The logical procedure is that if any substance is found in the complaint, it is converted into an FIR [First Information Report],” a senior official told The Hindu .