IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar was sacked earlier today. The problem started when some audio clips were found that revealed his role in fixing a land deal in Borivali, Mumbai.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the opposition including Prithviraj Chavan, the former chief minister and Ajit Pawar, the former deputy chief minister revealed an evidence against Mopalwar, the former managing director of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. This is a major victory for the Congress party and simultaneously a setback for Devendra Fadnavis, the Maharashtra chief minister. “The PMO has sent several letters to the CMO asking it to investigate Mopalwar and allegations levelled against him. If Eknath Khadse (former BJP revenue minister, who faced graft charges) could be removed, why not Prakash Mehta (Housing Minister) and Mopalwar?” NCP’s Ajit Pawar asked during the ongoing Assembly session.
However, there is no concrete evidence against Mopalwar but a “clinching evidence” which records his alleged conversation with an unidentified person over payment of a bribe to regularize an illegal land deal.
“I had already announced a probe on Wednesday on all alleged charges of corruption levelled by the opposition against Mopalwar. All these issues raised were during the Congress and NCP regime,” Fadnavis told the assembly.
The audio recording provided by the opposition will be sent to the forensic laboratory to check its authenticity. Mopalwar was also in charge of the CM’s Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway worth Rs 46,000 crore.
There were various corruption charges stated against Mopalwar even in December 2016 and January 2017 and still he was given the plum posting.
However, the finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that any form of corruption will not be tolerated and so Mopalwar has been sacked by Fadnavis and is no longer the vice chairman and managing director of MSRDC.
A similar case happened last year when BJP leader Eknath Khadse was made to resign last year over similar corruption charges.