Mumbai: Former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar has got a big relief. He has got a clean chit in 17 cases of irrigation scam. On November 27, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court regarding clean chit.
According to the ACB’s affidavit, Ajit Pawar, chairman of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation, cannot be held responsible for the actions of the agencies. The main reason for this is that Ajit does not have any legal responsibility. Earlier, in November 2018, the Anti-Corruption Bureau had blamed former Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar in the alleged irrigation scam of around Rs 70,000 crore in Maharashtra.
The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau had told the Bombay High Court that a huge lapse on the part of former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other government officials has come to light in its investigation in the alleged crores of rupees. This scam is about 70,000 crores. Which is associated with alleged corruption and irregularities in approving and starting irrigation projects during the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party rule.
Ajit Pawar had the responsibility of the irrigation department in the Congress-NCP coalition government in Maharashtra from 1999 to 2014. ACB Director General Sanjay Barve had filed an affidavit before the Nagpur bench of the High Court in response to a petition filed by Jan Manch, an NGO.