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Former Maharashtra Minister Among Eight Booked for Corruption in Agri-Infra Project

Navi Mumbai police have initiated legal proceedings against eight individuals, including a former Maharashtra minister, for alleged mismanagement of an Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), resulting in a loss of ₹7.61 crore to the state exchequer.

By Rekha Joshi 
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Navi Mumbai police have initiated legal proceedings against eight individuals, one being a former Maharashtra minister, over the suspected mismanagement of an Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC). The alleged irregularities, spanning from 2005 to 2022, have resulted in a staggering ₹7.61 crore loss to the state exchequer.

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The case revolves around the suspected favoritism in awarding contracts for the construction of toilets within areas under APMC control. The APMC police station official revealed that the accused individuals violated regulations in the management of the APMC, as detailed in the FIR filed on Saturday.

The legal action is a response to a complaint by a government audit team, prompting the registration of offenses under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. These include 406 (criminal breach of trust), 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant), 420 (cheating), and 34 (common intention). Furthermore, the accused individuals, including retired and current APMC officials, are also facing provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

This development underscores the commitment to accountability and transparency in managing public funds, with the authorities taking firm action against those alleged to have contributed to financial losses within the APMC.

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