Bhima Koregaon Case Transferred to NIA: NCP chief Sharad Pawar slams Maharashtra government

The Central government’s decision to transfer the Bhim Koregaon case to NIA was unfair and the Maharashtra government approving the same was more unfair, Sharad Pawar said.

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday slammed the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for transferring the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon Violence case to National Investigation Agency (NIA). 

While talking to the reporter in Kolhapur, Pawar expressed that the Maharashtra government’s decision to transfer the Bhima Koregaon case to the centre was constitutionally wrong as the investigation of the crime falls under the jurisdiction of the state. 

The Central government’s decision to transfer the case to NIA was unfair and the Maharashtra government approving the same was more unfair, Pawar added. 

“I wanted the role of some police officers involved in the Bhima Koregaon case to be probed. The behaviour of some people in Maharashtra police is objectionable. Earlier, in a meeting with the police officers, the Maharashtra government decided to transfer the case to NIA. This is constitutionally wrong as the probe of the case falls under state’s jurisdiction,” NCP chief Sharad Pawar asserted. 

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Earlier, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had advocated forming a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. Pawar had stated that the centre was afraid that the “truth will come out”.

Maharashtra Home Minister and NCP leader, Anil Deshmukh had also expressed that the centre should not transfer the case to NIA while alleging that the Devendra Fadnavis regime was trying to protect “some people.” 

However, the Maharashtra government has decided to transfer the case to NIA. The central investigation agency has filed an application in the Pune sessions court seeking transfer of the case ‘evidence’ and records to the special NIA court in Mumbai. 

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This signals towards a budding rift between the Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) as the latter had taken a stand to resist against the central government’s decision to transfer the case to NIA.

Reacting to this, Anil Deshmukh said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had the right to overrule him. 

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