Former Mumbai Mayor, Kishori Pednekar, was in the spotlight as she chose to skip a summons by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) related to the Covid-19 body bag scam. The former mayor, who had been summoned for questioning, contacted ED officials to request a four-week extension for her appearance.
In a bid to address the summons, Pednekar’s lawyer, Rahul Arote, visited the ED office and submitted a written application formally seeking a four-week extension. In the application, Pednekar stated that she required additional time to gather all the necessary documents for her response to the allegations. However, as of now, the ED has not issued an official response to her extension request.
The allegations against Kishori Pednekar stem from her alleged involvement in influencing the decision of the administrative committee responsible for finalizing the tender for Covid-19 body bags. According to sources within the ED, Pednekar is suspected of playing a role in inflating the cost of body bags during the procurement process by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). These allegations are based on the FIR filed by the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW). The EOW’s investigation, which unfolded in April 2020, revealed that two vendors were selected after the bidding process.
The situation surrounding Kishori Pednekar and her role in the Covid-19 body bag procurement remains under the scrutiny of law enforcement authorities, as they investigate the allegations of financial impropriety within the BMC. Her request for an extension underscores the complexity of the case, and the investigation is ongoing to determine the extent of her involvement in the alleged scam.