A new twist occurred in the Anvay Naik suicide case when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya alleged that the wives of Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena leader Ravindra Waikar bought properties from Naik.
“I have documents which show that Rashmi Thackeray and Manisha Waikar jointly bought land near Revdanda in Murud from Anvay Naik, his wife and daughter. There are at least nine 7/12 extracts of such deals. There should be an inquiry into these deals. Why was this not revealed earlier even when the case gained prominence?” Somaiya was quoted as saying by TOI.
Somaiya also questioned whether these deals were the reason behind “Maharashtra government targeting Republic TV's Arnab Goswami”.
Ravindra Waikar, in response, said that the properties were bought legally by his wife and the chief minister’s wife and were declared to the Election Commission as well as the Income Tax department. “Does the law ban the purchase of the land?” he asked.
Waikar further asked whether Somaiya was implying that just because the land was purchased there should be no investigation in suicide abetment case against Arnab Goswami.
Somaiya said that he had the details of one such land purchased on 21 March 2014 for Rs 2.2 crore in Korlai village in Raigad’s Murud district.
“What are the financial ties between the Waikar and Thackeray families? Why was the land bought jointly and how many more such deals are there? Are they deals or is it a scam? Somaiya asked.
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