Mumbai: The Mumbai police Thursday registered a First Information Report (FIR) against BJP leader Kirit Somaiya and his son Neil on charges of cheating. The case was registered in connection with allegations of misappropriation of over Rs 57 crore collected for the restoration of INS Vikrant, the Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier.
An officer said that an FIR was registered against the Bharatiya Janata Party leader and his son at Trombay police station on Thursday based on a complaint received by a former Indian Army personnel. As per the complaint, between 2013 and 2014 former MP Kirit Somaiya and his son Neil had collected money from the general public for the restoration of INS Vikrant.
The complainant said that Kirit Somaiya had started a campaign to raise funds for INS Vikrant. He said that he had given donations to Kirit Somaiya for saving the ship and the BJP leader had collected more than ₹ 57 crore for the purpose. However, instead of depositing the amount to the Maharashtra governor’s secretary office, he misappropriated the funds.
Local Shiv Sena leaders had met the police authorities along with the complainant on Wednesday to raise the issue.
Based on the complaint, a case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) was registered against Kirit Somaiya, his son Neil and others, the police official said.
On Wednesday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had also accussed Kirit Somaiya of siphoning off ₹ 57 crore collected from people as donations to save INS Vikrant.
Rejecting the allegation, Kirit Somaiya had said that if Mr Raut has any evidence, he should hand it over to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.