Cabinet Berth Offer: In Maharashtra Rs. The Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday arrested four people who tried to deceive an MLA by promising to give him a ministerial post if he paid Rs 100 crore. This incident came to light in the background of speculations that there will be expansion of the cabinet in Maharashtra. Four accused were arrested based on the complaint of Daund BJP MLA Rahul Kul. While the final date for the cabinet exercise is still under discussion, BJP insiders said that cabinet expansion is high on the party’s agenda and is likely to happen in the fourth week of July.
Sources in the Mumbai Crime Branch said that the four accused tried to deceive the three MLAs by promising them ministerial posts in the cabinet to take advantage of the political situation. The arrested accused have been identified as Riaz Shaikh (41) of Kolhapur, Yogesh Kulkarni (57), Sagar Sangwai (37) and Zafar Ahmed Usmani. MLA Rahul Kull said that he received a phone call from Riaz Sheikh on July 12 and Riaz asked to meet you to discuss an offer. He said that Riaz, who met him at a hotel in Mumbai, offered him the post of a minister and told him that a senior political leader would do the job and pay him Rs.100 crores. He said Riaz demanded to pay 20 percent of the money in advance. Rahul Kul said that I am ready to pay the advance and we will meet later.
In the meantime, Rahul brought Riaz’s matter to the attention of the party leaders and then lodged a complaint with the Marine Drive police. Mumbai Police Commissioner Vivek Funasalkar handed over the case to the Crime Branch. The crime branch police tricked the accused to come to the hotel to take an advance from the MLA and arrested the accused. Police seized three mobile phones. The accused were sent to police custody till July 26. Police are investigating whether they have cheated anyone else before.