Eknath Khadse
Eknath Khadse

A court on Monday extended ED custody of NCP leader Eknath Khadse's son-in-law Girish Choudhary for a day till July 20, in connection with an alleged money laundering case.

Girish's custody was supposed to end on July 19 but it has been extended by a day. Initially, ED, which had arrested Chaudhari in a money laundering case on July 7, will had got Chaudhari’s custody till July 19.

Chaudhari was arrested in a case where a plot of land which, belonged to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) at Bhosari in Pune, was usurped causing a loss of Rs 61.26 crore to the state’s excheque

ED claims that Khadse gave directions to officials to acquire the land when he was not in charge of MIDC. Within 15 days, the land was purchased by his kin - Chaudhari and his mother-in-law and Khadse’s wife Mandakini, for Rs 3.75 crores when the market price of the land as per government records was Rs 31 crores in 2016 when the deal took place.

While seeking his custody on July 12, ED had told the court that Chaudhari had dealt with a person named Om Prakash, chief director of Benchmark Buildcon, the company he claims given Rs 2 crores to purchase the land. ED said, however, that its probe revealed that no such person held that designation. It also informed the court that power of attorney holders who received the money from Chaudhari, and on whose behalf stamp duty was paid, were not connected with the said land. ED sought Chaudhari’s custody for analyzing his bank accounts to find any foreign debit or credit and to probe the source of funds.

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