Maha Politics: ACB drops 9 corruption cases against Ajit Pawar

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday dropped nine cases against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar.

Pawar had been accused in the Rs70,000 crore irrigation scam, the Anti-Corruption Bureau denied any connection between the recent political developments in the state and the closure of the cases.

Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) director-general, Parambir Singh told the media in Mumbai, “In the nine inquiries that have been closed today (Monday), the name of Ajit Pawar has not figured. No irregularities were found in these nine inquiries. These are routine inquiries.”

In September, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had registered a case of money laundering under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, and his nephew Ajit Pawar.

Both Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar and others were named in connection with the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam case to the tune of Rs 25,000 crore.

The case is based on a Mumbai Police FIR, which had named the former chairman of the bank, ex-deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar and 70 former functionaries of the cooperative bank.

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