Congress candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha Constituency Vilas Muttemwar has bitterly condemned the incident of raiding his son’s Gitesh Muttemwar’s office premises at Great Nag Road here, adding that the entire action smelled foul and deliberately done at the instance of his opponent and BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari. He said the election officer, who hails from Gujarat has tried to defame him under the garb of investigation. Muttemwar is even contemplating moving to court, if need arises.
Talking to Nagpur Today, Muttemwar alleged that on Thursday night the election officers attempted to break open Janvad office – the printing press being looked after by his son Hitesh and tried to keep currency notes there. “This is calculated ploy to dent my image. The officer tried to implicate me in false case. Interestingly, the officers who had sealed the office on Thursday night did not even appear the next day. Their absence was suspicious but I insisted on calling the same officers who appeared outside the locked office and insisted on breaking it open. But they did not turn up next morning and instead sent their junior officers. This is the conspiracy against me,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, addressing the media here, Muttemwar said an officer named Dileep Pansari led the team to his business premises along with few others. He alleged that the officers were carrying 3 bagful of cash meant for stashing away in his premises in order to trap him falsely. He questioned as to why the officers reached the premises on Nag road whereas he had mentioned his office address as Dhantoli in his nomination papers.
He said the officers who came on Thursday night reached only late afternoon on Friday. They recovered Rs 5 lakh cash which was kept for the salaries of the employees in the printing press.
EC officers kept away media
Muttemwar said he urged the officers to complete the procedure in front of the media men gathered at the printing press but they refused to let in the media. They had stormed the office acting on an SMS received on their mobile, he added.
Meanwhile, a large number of Congress workers gathered outside Muttemwar’s printing press along with senior party leaders including Vikas Thakre, Abha Pande, Sagar Meghe and others.
Muttemwar said that he would complain against these officials to the Central Election Commission in New Delhi.