Thane, Apr 16 UNI | 3 months ago

Taking strong exception to allegation against Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and his MP son Sanjeev Naik, who is seeking re-election from Thane Lok Sabha constituency, NCP has said it will file a defamation suit against Shiv Sena deputy leader Sanjay Nahata.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, NCP Thane city Unit Chief Manoj Pradhan and his Congress counterpart Bal Purnekar said the allegation of distribution of blank cheques to the tune of Rs 35 crore was totally baseless.

The two said they were taking legal advice on filing a defamation suit against Mr Nahata, who made the allegation at a press conference here on Monday.

Mr Nahata, a bureaucrat-turned-politician, had alleged the father-son duo had distributed the cheques as 'donations' to various organisations, associations and self-help groups to seek their votes. Sena has also filed a complaint with the District Election Officer in this regard.

Mr Ashok Pohekar, the campaign chief of Mr Naik, who was also present at the conference, declared that the NCP would expose the misdeeds of Mr Nahata.

He alleged that Mr Nahata, during his tenure as the Commissioner of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), amassed wealth and acquired property of 250 acres in Sahapur.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will address an election meeting in Thane today and Sharad Pawar on April 21.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)