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High Court asks: What is the role of Ajit Pawar in the irrigation scam?

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The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court asked the state government on Wednesday to answer the matter of former deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar in the irrigation scam in Vidarbha and on 28th November, order should be given.

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Nagpur: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to decide on the role of former deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar in the irrigation scam in Vidarbha, and on November 28 order it should be filed.
The Public Interest Litigation petition filed by social organization Janamanch and contractor Atul Jagtap is pending in the High Court. It was heard before Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Shri Ram Modak. Additional Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Bipin Kumar Singh, submitted an affidavit in the court on Tuesday, informing about the irregularities in the irrigation contracts of Vidarbha. But there is no clarity on what is involved in Pawar’s irrigation scam. This matter was brought to the notice of the court on Wednesday. Therefore, the court asked the government to scuttle it and submit its information after four weeks of checking whether Pawar is related to the scam. According to the affidavit, the Anti-Corruption Bureau has asked Pawar in this matter. Also, on March 1, 2018, a letter to the Principal Secretary of the Irrigation Department has written a letter to check whether they have some role in this scam. However, this issue has not been established yet.

Jagtap’s four public interest petitions have been made in serious charge against Pawar. Pawar and former MLA Sandeep Bajoria have close links. Therefore, Jagtap said that when Pawar was the deputy chief minister, he misused the rights of Bajoria construction company to get irrigation projects contracts. Advocate on behalf of petitioners in court Predos Mirza and adv. Sridhar Purohit, on behalf of the government, senior advocate Anand Jaiswal saw the work.

Complete the pending inquiry

An inquiry into the irregularities in the irrigation contracts of Vidarbha has not been completed yet. The court expressed concern over this. Further, the instructions for completing the remaining contracts in the next four weeks would be given to Special Investigation Team of Nagpur and Amravati Division. An inquiry is being conducted in connection with the dispute between Nagpur Region and 40 irrigation contracts in the Amravati range of 24 irrigation contracts.

Bajoria case discrimination

Four irrigation contracts of Bajoria Construction Company have been found in the investigation. Therefore, on November 3, 2017, Nandura Talukas-based Zigaon Irrigation Project in Buldhana district, on 6th March 2018, Chandur Railway Taluka-based Raigad River Irrigation Project in Amravati District, Waghadi Irrigation Project on 10th July, 2018, whereas on 15th October 2018 the FIR was lodged in the Bhatkuli Taluka-based low passage project. It has been reported. However, Ramesh Chandra Bajoria, Sandeep Bajoria and Sumit Bajoria of the company were not all accused in all the cases. Add to it Purohit took objection. As a result, the court asked Special Investigation Team to clarify on this.

Three officers’ objections to FIR

The former Superintending Engineer of Gosekhurd National Irrigation Project Sanjay Kholapurkar, Chief Engineer Sopan Ramrao Suryavanshi and retired Executive Director Devendra Parashuram Shirke filed petitions in the High Court to cancel four FIRs filed after July 26, 2018. The revised Anti-Corruption Prevention Act has been effective from 26 July 2018. Under the provision of section 17-A, it is necessary to seek government’s permission before filing a inquiry or filing an FIR against government officials. However, after 26th July 2018, the government permission was not obtained before filing four FIRs against this officer in Sadar police station. The petition said that all four FIRs are illegal. Judge Ravi Deshpande and Vinay Joshi ordered the Anti-Corruption Bureau and Sadar police inspector to order the reply. Adv. Rajnish Vyas presented the side.

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