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Kirit Somaiya Alleges 100 Crore Scam by Thackeray Group Chief Uddhav Thackeray During COVID Center Construction

Mumbai | 08-Aug-23: In a recent development, Kirit Somaiya, a prominent figure known for exposing corruption and financial wrongdoings, has come forward with grave accusations against Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of the Thackeray group and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Somaiya, a BJP leader and former Member of Parliament, has a history of unveiling corruption cases and financial scams. His latest claim adds a new layer of complexity to an already politically charged environment.

Just a few days ago, Kirit Somaiya found himself embroiled in controversy as an alleged explicit video associated with him circulated widely. The incident raised political concerns and prompted an ongoing investigation. Despite this setback, Somaiya remains active on the political scene, raising serious concerns regarding Uddhav Thackeray’s administration.

The central accusation revolves around a purported scam involving a COVID-19 center in Mulund during the pandemic. According to Somaiya, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government is alleged to have committed a scam amounting to a staggering 100 crore rupees. This incident dates back to the time when the Maharashtra government took control of a site in Mulund from Richardson Cruises, a state-owned enterprise. The government’s objective was to establish a temporary hospital to cater to COVID-19 patients.

For the construction of the makeshift hospital, the task was delegated to Oaks Management Consultancy Company, a surprising choice as it was primarily known for event management services. The facility, equipped with 1850 beds, operated for 25 months, from July 7, 2020, to July 31, 2022. During this period, the consultancy firm was paid a significant sum of 90 crore rupees as rent for utilizing the space.

Somaiya’s accusation raises concerns about the expenditure involved in constructing the hospital. He claims that only 10 crore rupees were utilized for the actual construction, while a much larger sum of 100 crore rupees was designated for the purpose. Moreover, suspicions have been cast on whether any payment was made for the land leased from Richardson Construction Company, deepening the allegations of financial misconduct.

Taking these claims seriously, Kirit Somaiya has taken action by filing complaints with various authorities, including the Mumbai Police, Income Tax Department, and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Office. His allegations extend beyond this particular incident, as he contends that the COVID-19 centers’ rental transactions in Mumbai have seen financial improprieties totaling a staggering 700 crore rupees.

As the investigation progresses and the allegations continue to generate public interest, the spotlight remains on the Thackeray government. The unfolding events shed light on the importance of transparent financial practices, especially during times of crisis when resources are directed towards combating a global pandemic. The gravity of these allegations necessitates a thorough and impartial inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the claims made by Kirit Somaiya.

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