'Deshpande lied about assets before ECI in 3 Assembly polls'

Minister says allegations 'baseless'

'Deshpande lied about assets before ECI in 3 Assembly polls'

Minister for Tourism and Higher Education, R V Deshpande, made “false declarations” about his properties before the Election Commission of India (ECI) during the three Assembly elections he contested since 2004, social activist Jayant Tinaikar alleged here on Wednesday.

But Deshpande dismissed the allegations as “baseless and far from truth”.  At a press conference, Tinaikar demanded a thorough inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate into Deshpande’s assets and sought his immediate removal from the Cabinet “to protect law of the land”. 

He alleged that the declarations by Deshpande were “false” and documents submitted by him to the ECI during 2004, 2008 and 2013 Assembly elections “bogus”. 

As per details given by Deshpande, his movable assets were valued at Rs 6.15 crore in 2004, which increased to Rs 41 crore in 2008. But in 2013, the value came down to Rs 27.64 crore. His wife Radha Deshpande’s movable assets were valued at Rs 4.7 crore in 2004 and Rs 86.91 crore in 2008. In  2013, her movable and immovable properties were worth Rs 110 crore. 

“The Deshpandes declared assets worth Rs 12 crore in 2004 and Rs 130 crore in 2008, but in 2013, their movable assets dipped to Rs 40 crore. Despite the loss, they paid income tax to the tune of Rs 63 lakh,” Tinaikar charged. 

Before joining the Congress party, Deshpande’s family owned seven companies, with his relatives as directors. “But after joining the Congress in May 1999, his family, including Radha, sons Prasad and Prashant and daughters-in-law Avani and Meghana, owned 21 companies with authorised capital of Rs 572 crore and paid-up capital of Rs 308 crore in the last 14 years,” Tinaikar claimed. 

Deshpande categorically denied all the allegations, saying they were “baseless, far from truth and levelled with mala fide intentions”. “I am an honest taxpayer and all my declarations are in ECI’s domain, which are up for scrutiny,” he remarked. He said people like Tinaikar levelled “false allegations only to hog limelight”. 

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