Mumbai, Nov 25 : The Anti-Corruption Bureau on Monday gave a clean chit to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who was allegedly involved in a Rs 70,000 crore irrigation 'scam.'
A clean chit was given two days after Mr Ajit Pawar was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister. The alleged scam took place during 1999-2009 in the Indian National Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine government's rule in the state. The NCP leader was the irrigation minister at that time. The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has made it clear on Monday that it has closed probe into alleged irregularities in nine irrigation projects in Maharashtra, adding none of these cases was linked to Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.
Subsequently, the state government gave a clean chit to Mr Pawar. However, in 2014, when the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance came to power, it initiated inquiries into alleged irregularities in 12 irrigation projects. But ACB officials have made clear that none of the cases pertaining to Ajit Pawar in the 2013 irrigation scam investigation have been closed.
There was some report that Ajit Pawar did not take charge as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Monday due to some hiccups with BJP. The sudden withdrawal of cases is said to be part of the BJP move to keep Ajit Pawar, who unleashes a solitary war, close to BJP. (UNI)