Maharashtra: FIR Against Former Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar For Alleged Corruption During Covid-19

A case alleging corruption in the purchase of body bags for COVID-19 victims has been filed by the Economics Offences Wing of the Mumbai police against the former city mayor Kishori Pednekar and two civic officials.

Kishori Pednekar

A case has been filed against former Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar and two civic officials for alleged corruption in the purchase of body bags that were meant for COVID-19 victims.

The Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai police filed the case at the Agripada police station on Friday.

Bharatiya Janata Party Kirit Somaiya filed a complaint in this regard in July, reportedly. 

The case has been registered under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 420 (cheating) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) against the three.

BJP leader Somaiya told PTI, "We had filed the complaint in connection with the body bag scam in July this year. Body bags worth Rs 1,500 each were purchased at Rs 6,700 apiece and funds worth crores of rupees were siphoned."

"Based on the complaint, the Mumbai police has now registered the first information report (FIR) against Kishori Pednekar and Assistant Municipal Commissioner. Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also conducted raids in this connection," the former MP added. 

Pednekar belongs to the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of the Shiv Sena. She held the position of mayor from November 2019 to March 2022. 

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