I trust judiciary, says Ajit Pawar

first_imgA day after the Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed an affidavit in Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court alleging the involvement of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar in the irrigation scam, the party brushed it aside saying more important things are pending to be addressed in the Assembly.‘Will cooperate’“I have cooperated with the inquiry and I will continue to cooperate with it. Since the judicial proceedings have begun, I will not comment on it. We have a lot of issues to address and discuss in Assembly,” Mr Pawar said.“The matter is in court, and I do not want to comment on it. But, the government is trying to suppress the opposition. The government has given a clean chit to their own ministers who have corruption charges against them,” said Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, the leader of opposition at the Maharashtra Assembly.Maharashtra Water Resources minister Girish Mahajan said that even as the ACB has filed an affidavit, a lot more inquiry in this scam needs to be done. “This inquiry is not over. The agencies will have to do more work. A number of things are yet still to be unearthed,” he said. On November 26, the Director General of Anti Corruption Bureau, Sanjay Barve, filed an affidavit alleging that Ajit Pawar was responsible for the multi-crore scam in irrigation projects undertaken by the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation. Mr. Mahajan said, “We have given full autonomy to the ACB. In the affidavit, it has been pointed out that mobilisation of funds and files were being directly done by the secretariat without following the procedure.”Mr. Pawar was in charge of Maharashtra’s irrigation department for a major part of the Congress-NCP coalition government in the State from 1999 to 2014. That was a period during which the alleged scam, relating to irregularities in various irrigation projects, took place.last_img

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