Rs. 91.5 lakh cash in banned Rs. 1000 notes was seized from a vehicle of BJP leader and Maharashtra Cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh in Umarga town of Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district. He controlled a Solapur-based Lok Mangal group.
A vigilance team which was constituted to prevent illegal works during the civic body election, yesterday on the basis of suspicion searched the vehicle and seized Rs. 91.5 lakh.
The minister said that the cash was for payment the staffs in a sugar factory affiliated to the Lok Mangal group. The Osmanabad municipality squad seized the cash yesterday.
Congress and NCP demanded his immediate removal and sought Income Tax Department’s enquiry into bank transactions of state BJP leaders to “unearth black money”.
The opposition accused that this cash recovery has been proved that BJP leaders are in possession of black money.
In a press conference, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said, the minister “should be sacked from the ministry and arrested.”
State unit spokesman Sachin Sawant demanded probe into the bank accounts of BJP leaders and their last six month’s transactions. He alleged that BJP leaders were aware of the demonetization move in advance. “There is a possibility that BJP leaders and ministers in Maharashtra and Mumbai might also be aware of the decision in advance. So there is a need to probe their bank accounts.”
He also stated that a few days ago after the demonetization, Rs. 6 crore old notes were seized from the brother of BJP MLA in western Maharashtra and yesterday Rs. 91 lakh was recovered from BJP minister Subhash Deshmukh.
The car was confiscated in Umarga tehsil in Osmanabad district and the cash was deposited in the local treasury. Times of India reported that Osmanabad collector Prashant Narnaware said they informed the income tax department and the local police. “If the group justifies the cash, it will be returned. Else, legal action will be taken as per the provisions of law.”