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After DHFL promoters violate lockdown, Fadnavis asks: ‘No lockdown for rich in Maharashtra’

Written by Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: April 10, 2020 12:46:21 pm




Kapil Wadhawan, Kapil Wadhawan lockdown orders, Kapil Wadhawan DHFL, Maharashtra lockdown, coronavirus Maharashtra lockdown, India news, Indian Express The officer had issued a letter exempting the Wadhawans from the lockdown norms citing a household emergency. (File photograph)

Hitting out on the Maharashtra authorities over the ‘violation’ of lockdown orders by Kapil Wadhawan of DHFL Group and 22 others, BJP chief and former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday requested if there isn’t a restriction for “mighty and rich” within the state.

“No lockdowns for mighty & rich in Maharashtra? One can spend holidays in Mahabaleshwar with official permission from police. It is not possible that a senior IPS officer would do such gross mistake knowing the consequences on his own. With whose order or blessings was this done ? Mr. CM & HM you owe us an explanation,” tweeted Fadnavis.

All 23 folks had travelled to the Wadhwan farmhouse in Mahabaleshwar from Khandala amid a nationwide lockdown.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh mentioned {that a} senior IPS officer has been despatched on obligatory depart for permitting DHFL promoters Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan to journey regardless of the continued lockdown.

The officer had issued a letter exempting the Wadhawans from the lockdown norms citing a household emergency.

“As per discussion with Hon. CM, Mr Amitabh Gupta, Principal Secretary (special), has been sent on compulsory leave with immediate effect, till the pending of enquiry, which will be initiated against him,” Deshmukh tweeted.

The Wadhawans had been detained at Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra’s Satara district on Thursday for violating prohibitory orders amid lockdown, police mentioned.

An offence has been registered towards them for travelling in violation of prohibitory orders in the course of the coronavirus-enforced lockdown, official mentioned.

The offence below related sections of the IPC and the Disaster Management Act, considered one of them associated to disobedience of lawful order, was filed on the Mahabaleshwar Police Station in Satara district of Maharashtra, they mentioned.

Police discovered 23 folks together with members of the Wadhawan household at their farmhouse, an official mentioned.

According to native police officers, the Wadhawan household together with others travelled from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar on Wednesday night of their vehicles, even when each Pune and Satara districts are sealed amid ongoing lockdown for holding coronavirus.

Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan are accused in Yes Bank and DHFL fraud instances.

(With PTI inputs)

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