In 2012, Ajit Pawar may also come under the probe after the department revealed irregularities.
The department (ED) has started an investigation into allegations of money laundering against various corporations of the Maharashtra Irrigation Department for alleged irregularities in 12 projects under the Bidara Irrigation Development Corporation. According to the report, an ED official said that the contract for the dam project, administrative approval for the Bidwar Irrigation Development Corporation, Krishna Valley Irrigation Project and Konkan Irrigation Development Project between 1999 and 2009 has been amended by the Water Resources Department officials. Bills paid by contractors associated with the corporation have been claimed.
It is said that in 2012, after the irregularities were revealed in the department, Ajit Pawar may also fall prey to this investigation. Ajit Pawar was the Water Resources Minister of Maharashtra from 1999 to 2009. In December 2019, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) gave a clean chit to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. An affidavit was filed against him in the High Court on November 27.
The government was formed on 28 November 2019. The probe is linked to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Bikash Agradi government, which has directed a probe into the water-rich Shivhar campaign of water conservation project by veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Farnavis.
According to media reports, the matter came just days after Ajit Pawar and others were given a clean chit in the Rs 250,000 crore Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank irregularities case by the Mumbai Police Economic Crimes Branch. EUW filed a closure report in the case last September. It has been described as a civil case. The ED has opposed EW’s move in court.
Please say that on Saturday Ajit Pawar was on a tour of the flood-hit areas of Solapur and Pune districts. In the meantime, he declined to comment on the ED investigation. He said no investigation had been ordered into the forged Shivahar.