Maharashtra opposition party, NCP, on September 6, 2018, said that it would move the court, if the appointment of Prashant Thakur, a BJP MLA from Panvel, as City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) chairman, was not cancelled. “The firm he is a director of, Thakur Brothers Infrastructure Private Limited, is executing Rs 900 crores worth contracts for the CIDCO. There is a conflict of interest,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.
“Therefore, his appointment has to be cancelled immediately. We will go to court, if the government does not take a decision in this regard in a week,” he added. Malik said cancelling Thakur’s appointment was also required, as the firm may seek to bag CIDCO’s Navi Mumbai International Airport work contracts worth some thousand crores.
Referring to Thakur’s recent rebuttal of the ‘conflict of interest’ charge in a media report, Malik said his affidavit for the 2014 assembly polls shows him having Rs 5.5 crores worth of shares in the firm concerned. “So, when he says he is not related to the firm, it means he is misleading people,” the NCP leader added.
When contacted, Thakur trashed the charges, claiming that the allegations were being levelled to target him and the BJP-led government in Maharashtra. Thakur claimed he had detached himself from the firm in 2006, when he contested the Panvel municipal council polls. A petition was filed before a court alleging his links to the firm in that year and also in 2014, but both stood dismissed, he claimed.
“I am not associated with the firm in any way. I am being linked to the firm (as part of efforts) to target me and the government. I am not going to work against the interest of CIDCO. My colleagues and people in my constituency are also sure about it,” he added.