Nana Patole, former BJP MP today alleged that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been “shielding” two party MLAs who he said have been involved in the “fraudulent disbursal” of loans to the tune of Rs 15 crore of a Dhule-based cooperative bank in 2016. Questioning the “Mr Clean” image of the chief minister, Patole alleged the CM-headed Home ministry transferred the fraud case from the SIT to the CID so as to protect the two MLAs.
However, Patole, who joined the Congress after quitting the BJP, did not name the MLAs during his press conference. He said, “The MLAs were involved in the alleged fraudulent disbursal of loans amounting to Rs 15 crore by Dadasaheb Rawal Cooperative Bank in Dhule in 2016,” Patole cited a letter, which he said had been written by a police inspector to Dhule superintendent of police discussing the plan to arrest the MLAs along with other accused.
Patole, also claimed that “On August 21, 2015, the letter was written by Dondaicha police station inspector Pradip Padvi, who was heading the SIT inquiry into the case, to the Dhule superintendent of police. In the letter, a plan was discussed to arrest the accused persons along with the two MLAs,”