Irrigation scam: Ajit Pawar seeks dismissal of PILs against him

Irrigation scam: Ajit Pawar seeks dismissal of PILs against him

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Nagpur, Jan 15 : Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has filed an affidavit in the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court seeking dismissal of meritless public interest litigations (PIL) filed against him for his alleged role in multi-crore irrigation scam.

Mr Pawar said that the allegations have been filed with malafide intentions and deserve to be rejected. "This civil application is totally without merits and is filed with malafide motives and therefore deserves to be rejected by imposing pecuniary costs," the affidavit which was submitted on Tuesday said.

The affidavit further said that Ajit Pawar has not indulged in any corrupt, motivated or malafide act while discharging his duties as a minister. The NCP leader also said that there is no requirement for the present investigation to be handed over to the CBI or the ED. Last year, in December 2019, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) gave a clean chit to Mr Pawar, in the investigation of cases of alleged irregularities in irrigation projects in Nagpur.

According to an affidavit submitted before the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, there is no criminal liability on the part of the then chairman of the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) in respect of the process of granting sanction.

The scam dates back to the period when the Congress-NCP government was in power in Maharashtra from 1999 to 2014. Mr Pawar was in-charge of the state's irrigation department when the scam, relating to alleged irregularities in various irrigation projects, took place.

In November, it was reported that Pawar got a clean chit in the irrigation case the very next day after he joined hands with BJP leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (UNI)