Mumbai: The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) will likely summon Rohini Khadse-Khewalkar, daughter of former State Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, next week as part of an investigation into loans totaling 50 crore of Rupees granted by the Central Co-operative Bank of Jalgaon District to enterprises in which it had an interest. Rohini, however, denied any wrongdoing, saying she had no interest in the companies that had received loans from the bank.
Rohini said granting the loans was a collective decision of the board of directors and that the bank’s audit established that there had been no embezzlement. These loans then turned into NPAs, causing losses to the bank.
Rohini said that all of the bank’s loans are secured and clean as certified by the auditors. “I have no connection with the companies to which the loans were granted. This is a false claim. She added that an independent consultant had verified the contact details of the applicants on the basis of which the loans were sanctioned.
She said the Jalgaon District Co-operative Central Bank granted a secured loan of Rs 30 crore to a sugar mill after taking Rs 58 crore from its assets as a mortgage. She claimed that the factory had not defaulted on reimbursement. She also denied helping her parents identify MIDC land in Pune.
The ED has filed a complaint against Eknath Khadse, his wife Mandakini and their son-in-law Girish Chaudhari for money laundering in his sale. The Khads are released on bail and Chaudhari is in prison. During the investigation of the money laundering case, the ED uncovered information that Rohini had helped his parents identify the MIDC land, after which they decided to examine the details of a company associated with it.
Rohini had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 legislative elections on a ticket from the BJP, the party having decided to replace her with her father in the district of Jalgaon. Khadse disagreed with BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis. Last October, Khadse and Rohini left the party to join the NCP.