BJP Kirit Somaiya, son booked for alleged embezzlement of funds raised for INS Vikrant MIGMG News

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Mumbai: Mumbai police have registered a fraud case against BJP leader Kirit Somaya and his son Neil over allegations of misappropriation of more than Rs 57 crore of funds raised to rescue the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, an official said Thursday.

He said the case against them is based on a complaint filed by a 53-year-old ex-army member on Wednesday evening at Trombai Police Station in the suburb of Mancord.

Commissioned in 1961, the INS Vikrant is a premium-class aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy, which played a key role in enforcing the naval blockade of East Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. It was decommissioned in 1997. In January 2014, the ship was sold from During an online auction it was canceled in November of that year.

The complainant said Somaya had started a fundraising campaign for INS Vikrant. He said he had made a donation to Somaya to save the ship and that the BJP leader had raised over Rs 57 crore for this. However, instead of depositing the amount in the office of the Secretary of the Governor of Maharashtra, he embezzled the funds.

Local Shiv Sina leaders with police authorities met with the complainant on Wednesday to raise the issue.

Based on the complaint, a case was registered under the Indian Penal Code, Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (fraud) and 34 (joint intent) against Kerit Somaya, his son Neil and others, the police official said.

On Wednesday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut also accused Kirit Somaya of withdrawing Rs 57 crore collected from people as donations to save INS Vikrant.

Somaya rejected this claim and said that if Raut had any evidence, he should hand it over to Prime Minister Udav Thackeray.

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