While Ajit Pawar has been named in the city Police FIR, Sharad Pawar is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the charges of Money laundering.
Mumbai| The federal investigating agency Enforcement Directorate has sought to challenge the Mumbai Police after it gave a clean chit to the accused named in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank Scam case. Both Mumbai Police and ED are investigating the Bank scam case to the tune of ₹ 25,000 Crores. As many as 70 politicians have been named in the case. The ED had taken up the case on the basis of FIR filed by the Mumbai Police.
The Mumbai Police had filed a closure report citing that there is no material evidence to prosecute the accused in the case. Of the 70 accused in the case, 50 belong to Nationalist Congress party, nine from Congress, two from Shiv Sena and one from BJP. The list of accused also includes Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar. While Ajit Pawar has been named in the city Police FIR, Sharad Pawar is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate under the charges of Money laundering.
According to sources, the city police closed the MSC bank case after the forensic report, reports of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard), statements by the statutory auditors and bank officials and other evidence collected during the course of the probe failed to point to any criminal misappropriation on the part of those named in the case.
The case had assumed significance in the run-up to 2019 Maharashtra Assembly Elections when the court had ordered the Mumbai police’s Economic Offences Wing to file a case against the accused. After the ED filing money laundering case against Sharad Pawar, the veteran leader had offered to appear before the agency even without the agency calling for it. This was seen as the biggest showdown between the Centre vs Opposition.
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