Pune : Deccan Express – BHR Scam | Special Sessions Judge S S Gosavi has granted pre-arrest bail to BJP MLA Chandulal Patel in the Bhaichand Hirachand Raisoni Multistate Co-operative Society scam (BHR scam). The court has directed to repay 20 percent of the loan within 10 days and the remaining 20 percent within three months.
In this case, the Economic Offenses Wing Pune of Pune Police had conducted simultaneous raids in Jalgaon city, Jamner, Bhusawal, Aurangabad, Dhule, Mumbai, Akola and Pune districts and arrested 12 persons. An arrest warrant was issued against Patel at the same time. But Patel escaped from Indur before the police squad arrived. Patel has been missing since then. So he had filed pre-arrest bail.
Patel had taken a loan of Rs 2 crore from BHR in 2014. That amount was Rs 3.77 crore with interest. Patel has paid Rs 70 lakh out of this. There was Rs 2 crore 77 lakh left. He has repaid the loan by matching the receipts. Matching receipts is not a crime by law. Even the late Jitendra Kandare had sought permission from the Central Register in 2017. Adv Aniket Ujjwal Nikam, on behalf of Patel, argued that he was allowed to go through the legal process in the interest of the organization.
Just because he’s an MLA, the demand for arrest is wrong:
It is wrong to send him to jail because he is an MLA.
What should the investigating agency want to get by arresting him? Basically he has nothing to confiscate.
Also, like the previous suspects, he is willing to pay.
But, it is wrong to demand arrest only because he is the people’s representative, an MLA, argued Adv. Nikam.