The Enforcement Directorate has opposed a clear chit given by Mumbai Police to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and others in reference to an alleged rip-off involving the Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank. The case develop into a political scorching potato within the state final 12 months, with Ajit Pawar named by the company (and quitting as MLA) proper earlier than October Assembly elections.
The central company has requested the Mumbai court docket to not settle for the clear chit submitted by the police – whose FIR names Ajit Pawar – and has filed an intervention utility. If the police’s closure report is accepted, the company’s cash laundering case in opposition to the NCP chief additionally falls.
Last 12 months, when the Enforcement Directorate booked Sharad Pawar, he introduced a go to to its Mumbai workplace despite the fact that he had not been summoned.
The proposed go to – seen by many as a gauntlet thrown right down to the central authorities – would have been made simply earlier than he went on the marketing campaign path for state polls and was designed to make sure the company couldn’t summon him in the midst of his campaigning.
The veteran politician ultimately dropped that plan on the request of each the company and the Mumbai Police Commissioner. Mr Pawar, who mentioned he had nothing to cover, made the company’s case a rallying level for his get together.
Sharad Pawar and others have been booked in a cash laundering case in reference to the alleged MSC Bank rip-off that was valued at Rs 25,000 crore. The case was being investigated by the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police, which had filed a closure report earlier.
The cash laundering probe initiated by the Enforcement Directorate was based mostly on the police’s FIR which had led to a furore final 12 months.
NDTV reached out to Ajit Pawar for a response however the Deputy Chief Minister, who’s in hospital after contracting a COVID-19 an infection, was unable to take action.