Vidarbha Irrigation Scam: Maharashtra ACB's clean chit to NCP leader Ajit Pawar

The affidavit states that only note-sheets of tender cost regarding the irrigation projects were sent to the chairman of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) by the executive director of the corporation.

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar has been exonerated by Maharashtra’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Vidarbha irrigation scam. 

In an affidavit filed by the ACB, the investigative agency has given clean chit to Ajit Pawar and has ruled out the possibility of Pawar’s involvement in alleged irregularities in irrigation project laid out in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. 

The ACB submitted the affidavit to the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on November 27.

The affidavit states that only note-sheets of tender cost regarding the irrigation projects were sent to the chairman of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) by the executive director of the corporation. 

In most cases, the executive director of the VIDC has accorded permission to the updated cost of the tender," the affidavit claimed. 

This happened after Ajit Pawar resigned as Deputy Chief Minister on November 26 and Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was formed in the state on November 28. 

The Bombay HC had earlier asked the ACB to clarify its stand on the role of Ajit Pawar in the irrigation cases. NCP leader Ajit Pawar was the Water Resouces Development Minister in the earlier government. 

Pawar also served as chairman of VIDC which had cleared irrigation projects with alleged irregularities.



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