Former mayor Kishori Pednekar appeared before the Mumbai police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) Monday morning and joined the agency’s probe into alleged irregularities involved in purchasing body bags for deceased Covid-19 patients.
Pednekar was Mumbai’s mayor when the crime allegedly took place. She appeared before the EOW on the direction of the Bombay High Court which has granted her four weeks’ interim protection from arrest in the case.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also registered a money laundering case against Pednekar and senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officers in connection with the alleged scam. The Indian Express first reported the development on Saturday.
On August 4, the EOW filed an FIR against Pednekar, a former additional municipal commissioner (projects) and a former deputy municipal commissioner (purchase/CPD), private contractor Vedanta Innotech Pvt Ltd (VIPL), and other unknown government servants in the scam involving the purchase of body bags at inflated rates during the pandemic. The amount involved in the alleged fraud has been estimated to be around Rs 49.63 lakh.