After a day long investigation and interrogation session, the Navi Mumbai police arrested former DMC Amrish Patinigire, DMC N N Alhat, CAFO Jaywant Dalvi, Auditor Prashant Kamble and Asst. Municipal Commissioner Diwakar Samel. The much anticipated arrests of NMMC officials in the NMMC Bhise scam has finally happened. After a day long interrogation and investigation session at the CBD Police Station, five officials were arrested late in the evening. This included former Dy. Municipal Commissioner of Encroachment Amrish Patnigire, Dy. Municipal Commissioner N N Alhat, Chief Accounts and Finance Officer Jaywant Dalvi, official from accounts department Prashant Kamble and Asst. Municipal Commissioner of Encroachment Dept. Diwakar Samel. The Senior Police Inspector of CBD Police Station Ramesh Mohite informed that fraud chalans were issued by the contractor but the officials showed dereliction of duty by not cross verifying the chalans. He said that this was the duty was the officials who neglected it for years. He added that the police is possession of audit reports from 2006 to 2009 that shows a fraud of Rs. 1 Crore 38 Lakhs and the other years audit report is yet to be submitted. Hinting that other senior officials could be arrested, Mohite said that they are still investigating the case and will take action against the other accused soon. The officials who have been arrested are booked for crime under sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 218. The officials however evaded staying behind bar at the pretext of being ill and were admitted at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Hospital at Vashi where they were brought for medical check up after their arrests by the CBD Police Station. The role that Senior Police Inspector Ramesh Mohite in the entire investigations is praiseworthy for the officer did not bend under any bureaucratic or political pressure to arrest top officials of NMMC. The arrest of officials for dereliction of duty has definitely sent a strong message to NMMC administration who take their duties for granted, demonstrate apathy to public issues and will make them accountable to the calls and responsibilities of their duty. With Monika Bhosale, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.

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