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Wadhawans Caught Violating Lockdown While Holidaying in Mahabaleshwar, Booked

23 people including DHFL promoters Kapil & Dheeraj Wadhawan entered Mahabaleshwar through NH4 from Pune amid nationwide lockdown.

Mumbai| Promoters of DHFL, Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan along with 21 others have been detained in Mahabaleshwar for violating the nationwide lockdown owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The police found all the 23 lockdown violaters at Wadhawan’s farmhouse according to reports.

The Wadhawans along with others had travelled on the morning of April 9 to Mahabaleshwar.

They were caught when Wadhawan brothers along with other family members and domestic help reached their farmhouse in Mahabaleshwar. Locals spotted 5 to 6 high-end vehicles arrive at Mahabaleshwar, immediately informed municipal authorities and the tehsildar.

Tehsildar’s office sent a team to the Wadhawan’s farmhouse along with police officials and found 23 people. Some of them were family members of the Wadhawans.

The 23 members of the family have now been sent to quarantine, according to reports.

When asked about their travel to Mahabaleshwar, Wadhawans told the police that it was due to certain medical issues, said sources.

However, Maharashtra Police sources told that the reasons cited by Wadhawans are “untrue”, reported India Today.

The Wadhawan family had travelled from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar through a special pass for “family emergency” issued by Amitabh Gupta, Principal Secretary, Home Department of Maharashtra.

The police registered an FIR against all 23 including the DHFL Wadhawans under section 188 of Indian Penal Code along with other relevant sections.

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All of them have been detained and have been placed under institutional quarantine at a government hospital in Panchgani, the Satara police confirmed.

This is a violation of the Collectors order. We are also probing the reason cited by Wadhawans for travelling outside Mumbai,” a senior official of Maharashtra Police told India Today.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with the state police chief over the matter.

Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had tweeted, “An investigation will be conducted about how 23 people from the Wadhwan family were allowed to travel from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar.”

The Wadhawans are also is linked to the Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative Bank and Yes Bank scams. Last month they had cited the outbreak of novel coronavirus in the country while refusing to appear before Enforcement Directorate.

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