Mumbai, Dec 12: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday gave his nod for inquiries against NCP leaders Ajeet Pawar and Sunil Tatkare in the irrigation scam.
Making an announcement in the Maharashtra Assembly, the Chief Minister accepted the proposal of the state’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to conduct an “open inquiry” against former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and state NCP chief Sunil Tatkare.
The Irrigation scam involving financial irregularities of Rs. 70,000 crore had surfaced in the 2012 Economic Survey that reportedly stated that Maharashtra’s irrigation potential could increase only 0.1 per cent in the past decade despite the investment of huge amount.
However, the state government had dismissed allegation of involvement in the scam and also came out with a whitepaper.
Fadnavis, who was in the opposition, had vowed that he would order an open enquiry if his party came to power. Keeping his word, the state government announced the probe.
The decision to allow probe against former ministers from the NCP was made easy for Fadnavis after Shiv Sena joined the BJP government, as the latter no longer needed Sharad Pawar-led party’s support.
It may be noted that the ACB had put forth the proposal to conduct inquiry when the state was under President’s rule. The files were later transferred to the CM’s office.
Ajit Pawar and Tatkare were in charge of water resources department at different times during the Congress-NCP regime in the state.
Reacting to the development, Shashikant Shinde said that his party has no issues with the inquiry, adding: “We don’t have any problem, the truth will come out in the inquiry.”
(With Agency Inputs)