In the major scam that was exposed at NMMC’s Encroachment department, the CBD Police station has arrested five people. However, the mastermind behind the scam is still absconding. For its encroachment drives, NMMC encroachment department hire workers, trucks and JCBs. The contract for this was given to H B Bhise since 2003. A recent expose revealed that there was misappropriation of funds while making the bills for the work done. Following the expose, NMMC filed a compliant at the CBD Police station. H B Bhise’s contract was cancelled and NMMC Commissioner gave orders for auditing the account of the defaulting contractor. The CBD Police station has arrested a clerk from NMMC Rajesh Patil along with H B Bhise’s Ajay Jagannath Mhatre, Praveen Patil, Sakharam Badhvani, Prem Gopal Mhatre and Shailesh Patil. The arrested would be remanded to police custody till 15 June. On the other hand, NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata informed that show cause notice has been served to NMMC officers, which include former DMC Encroachment Amrish Patnigiri, Asst. Municipal Commissioner Diwakar Samel, CAFO Jayant Dalvi and NMMC officials, Prakash Kamble and Rajesh Patil. Whatever the so far update, it will be a wait and watch whether the absconding main accused come under the police net or not, till then it won’t be possible to get to the bottom of the scam. With cameraperson Ranjeet Gupta and Raju Sharma, Anil More and Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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