Thane, Apr 15 UNI | 3 months ago

The controversial issue of huge donations running into crores, made by the Naiks to various organisations, is gradually hotting up and this time the Rashtravadi Congress Party (RCP) candidate has levelled serious charges of corruption against them.

Yesterday, Shiv Sena nominee Rajan Vichare and his spokesperson Vijay Nahata had made the same allegation and said whopping Rs 35 crore had been donated in a transparent transaction by the Naiks.

About a month back, a group of Congressmen who revolted and refused to work for Naiks, spoke about blank cheques worth crores of rupees being disbursed to various organisations.

In a complaint to the Election Commission (EC), Vinod Gangwal of RCP had said, the Naiks had recently donated cheques worth crores of rupees to various NGOs and also alleged that in order to influence both the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) Staff, and float non-required tenders, the Naiks collect 5 to 25 per cent of cash and cheque in advance from the contractors who get the tenders.

In the complaint he said, 'recently both have given cheques ranging from 5 lakh to 25 lakh to various NGOs and such corrupt practices were influencing the present election. "If your officer wants to enquire then please immediately call for the statement of accounts of contractors, statement of accounts of various NGOs and temples. All the amount is reflected in their Balance sheets," he said.

'Beneficiaries' name were written on the cheques. These cheques worth Rs 100 crore have surfaced now and were being 'donated' to various organisations and associations to woo them and seek their votes,' he said, adding that about Rs 1.84 crore had been donated earlier to a temple.

(Posted on 15-04-2014)