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Khadse ‘aide’ Gajanan Patil granted bail


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Mumbai: A special Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) court on Monday granted bail to Gajanan Patil, the alleged Personal Assistant of former revenue minister Eknath Khadse, who allegedly demanded bribe of Rs 30 crore.

Special Judge SV Ranpise granted bail to Patil after noting that the ACB has already filed its charge sheet in the case and that the investigation in the case has completed.

It may be recalled that the corruption incident had come to light when a private person had in September, 2015 lodged a complaint with ACB’s Mumbai unit against Gajanan Patil. The complainant had informed ACB that Patil demanded Rs 30 crore from him on pretext of giving him the NOC which he sought from Khadse’s office. The complainant had approached Khadse’s office seeking a review of the previous government’s order regarding allotment of a revenue land in Nilje village in Kalyan taluka of Thane district

While granting bail to Patil, the special court directed him to deposit of Rs 40, 000 as a surety for his bail. The court has also directed Patil to appear before the Investigating Officer of ACB, on every Monday.

The court has also directed Patil to be present in each hearing of the case and also has asked him not to step out of the State without prior permissions. Also, the court has directed Patil to avoid maitaining any contact with the witnesses in the case.

While the 47-year-old alleged PA of Khadse got bail after being in jail for more than 90 days, the former minister has been denying any links with Patil.