In the audit tests of Mumbai Bank, many defects and discrepancies were found. In inquiry order under section 83 of Mumbai Bank order to submit inquiry report within three months, action will be taken as per section 88 after the report.
The co-operation department has directed a probe into the alleged irregularities in Mumbai Bank, which has been under discussion for the past several years. For this, District Deputy Registrar Pratap Patil has been appointed as the investigating officer. It has been directed to submit this report in the next 3 months. BJP leader Praveen Darekar, Leader of Opposition in the State Legislative Council is the Director of Mumbai District Central Co-operative Bank.
It is alleged that in the name of renovation of the disaster recovery site and construction of it, the bank officials visited the site in Pune and inspected it. But the contract was awarded to the person who actually wanted to be awarded the contract. Not only that, 90 per cent of the contract amount was immediately made available. This has also been mentioned in the report.
Pravin Darekar told Afternoon Voice, “Resume the impartial inquiry of State Co-operative Bank. There is a scam in Pune District Central Bank. Check out their purchase. Software worth Rs 15-20 crore has been acquired for Rs 150 crore. We will lodge regular complaints against the NCP-led district banks and co-operative societies in the state and expose the scams in Maharashtra.”
In the year 2017, there was also a controversy over an Rs68 crore loan sanctioned to a firm under scanner in the irrigation scam by Mumbai District Central Cooperative Bank. Darekar and other BJP members used their majority to approve the loan despite objections from various quarters. The firm did not fulfil several conditions, yet the loan was sanctioned and partly disbursed in record time.