Mumbai, April 10
The family members of a Mumbai based developer, accused in multi crore rupees scandal of “Yes Bank” and “PMC Bank” have been detained, along with their aides, by the Mahabaleshwar police and kept in quarantine for violating lockdown rules, even as the Maharashtra Special Principal Secretary (Home) Amitabh Gupta has been sent on compulsory leave for giving travel permission to the family.
In all 23 members of the Wadhavan family of DHFL and HDIL group, were detained by police as they reached Mahabaleshwar Hill station on Wednesday evening. The family entered Mahabaleshwar from the Pune end of the National Highway No.4. The family carried a letter dated 08 April,2020 issued by Gupta, carrying instructions “To whomsoever It May Concern”, to cooperate with the family during its travel from “Khandala to Mahabaleshwar”.
Basically the Wadhvan family resides at Pali Hill in Bandra West in North West Mumbai. It also has a bungalow near Ganesh Nagar society in Mahabaleshwar in Satara district. The family had been staying in another bungalow at Khandala near Pune for the last few days.
Now all the members have been kept in isolation at Panchgani Hospital and have been booked under section 188 of IPC for violating lockdown norms. Satara Superintendent of Police (SP) confirmed that the Wadhawan family, allegedly violated the lockdown rules.
Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that it will be inquired as how they got the permission to travel. “It will be inquired that how 23 people of Wadhavan family got permission to travel from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar,” he tweeted.
Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan are co-accused in the Yes Bank money laundering case. The ED on March 16 had issued fresh summons to them to appear before the agency on March 17. However, citing the reasons of the coronavirus pandemic, they did not appear. Now the CBI and ED has sought their custody. The Satara Police have locked down the Wadhvan’s bungalow.
In the meanwhile Opposition BJP has demanded resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, after the blatant violation of lockdown rules by members of the Wadhawan family, who were seemingly allowed by the Maharashtra Government to travel to Mahabaleshwar. BJP leader and former MP Kirit Somaiya demanded the resignation of Deshmukh asking ‘who’ gave the orders to give extend ’VVIP treatment’ to the Wadhvan family.