The Mumbai Police Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Saturday said that a has been registered against former mayor Kishori Pednekar in connection with the alleged Covid centre scam.
The Agripada Police Station has filed the case against Pednekar and two other civic officials in the matter which is also being probed by Enforcement Directorate (ED).
After the issue of irregularities in the tendering process was raised by the BJP’s Kirit Somaiya, the ED had raided certain locations as part of its probe last month.
It was alleged that the body bags to carry dead Covid victims were costing barely Rs 2,000, but were purchased for Rs 6,800.
Somaiya, who had filed his complaint on July 13, claimed that body bags costing Rs 1,500 were bought for Rs 6,700 and the police have booked Pednekar, an Additional Municipal Commissioner, and a private company based in Aurangabad, Vedant Innotech Pvt. Ltd.
“Case registered against former Mumbai Mayor and Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Kishori Pednekar & others by EOW (Economic Offences Wing) under sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 120(B) (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC in connection with alleged COVID centre scam,” the police said.