A typist working at state environment minister Ramdas Kadam’s office was arrested on Friday after he allegedly misused the minister’s name to extort Rs 10 lakh from a businessman from Vidarbha.
The accused, Mahesh Sawant (38), was arrested on the basis of a complaint by the minister’s personal assistant. Sawant managed to get the contact details of the businessman, a sand contractor, from the minister’s office. He then called the businessman.
Sawant misused the minister’s name and threatened the businessman, saying that stern action would be taken against him if he didn’t give Rs 10 lakh. The businessman started making enquiries and discovered what Sawant had done.Senior officials at the office were informed and, on Thursday, a complaint was registered at the Malabar Hill police station by the minister’s PA.The very next day, Sawant was arrested at the office