Probe Agency asks Sharad Powar no to come at Enforcement Directorate office

Ankit Kumar
Sharad Pawar

Sharad Powar was named in the complaint of 25,000-crore scam

The probe agency has said to NCP leader Sharad Pawar to not to come to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office minutes before he was to visit the place. The visit was seen as a dare after being named in the money laundering case. Former CM of Maharashtra, Sharad Pawar said that he would go to probe agency himself before he gets busy with upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.

The Enforcement Directorate wrote a letter just before the expected visit to Mr Pawar that said “there is no need for him” to visit the office. The letter also said that if required in future, the agency will inform him.

Sharad Pawar is to visit NCP office today

Large gatherings have been banned around the ED office and security has been tightened amid NCP protests and large gatherings. The 78-year-old politician is to visit the NCP office, which is a short-walk from the Enforcement Directorate’s office.

Sharad Pawar has been named in the 25,000-crore scam complaint that involves illegally by the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank. However, the FIR doesn’t list him as an accused.

The case is allegedly a violation of Reserve Bank of India and banking laws guidelines while disbursing loans to spinning mills and sugar factories of the state. Many of the people who sanctioned the loans were allegedly linked to the mill owners. The bank is run mostly by NCP leaders although Sharad Pawar is not amongst them.

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Sharad Pawar said that he would be pleased to go to jail as he has never experienced it, a day after he was named in the FIR. He said that “I would have been surprised if such action were not taken against me after the kind of response I got during visits to various districts of the state”.

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi supported Mr Pawar and said that the case has emerged just before the election. He alleged the government of “Political Opportunism and Vindictive Government.”

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