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NCP announces parallel probe in Bhima Koregaon case

This move has triggered a huge political chaos and has widened the rift in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Sharad Pawar organised a meeting on Monday with NCP ministers amid difference of opinion with state government over this matter.

NCP announces parallel probe in Bhima Koregaon case
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After Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar called a meeting of party ministers, Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister and NCP spokesperson, Nawab Malik on Monday informed that the state government will form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to run a parallel probe in the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case.

While talking to the media, Nawab Malik stated that the Maharashtra government can conduct a parallel inquiry as per section 10 of the NIA act. 

“The decision to hand over the Bhima Koregaon case was taken. However, under section 10 of the NIA Act, the state government is authorised to conduct a parallel inquiry. Our Home Minister will soon take a decision over the formation of an SIT,” Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik said. 

This move has triggered huge political chaos and has widened the rift in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government between the three-party alliance – Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena.  Sharad Pawar organised a meeting on Monday with NCP ministers amid difference of opinion with the MVA government, mainly Shiv Sena, on the matter. 

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On February 14, a Pune sessions court ordered the transfer of Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case to a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai and asked all the accused to appear before the special NIA court on February 28.

“Since inception, Sharad Pawar has maintained that the activists were wrongly framed in the case. He has written a letter to Chief Minister and Home Minister asking for an SIT investigation in the matter. This will happen now,” Malik stated. 

Maharashtra Home Minister and NCP leader, Anil Deshmukh also informed that the Elgar Parishad case was discussed in today’s meeting and said that he will seek legal opinion to consult SIT in this matter. “I will also discuss this with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to take a  decision on the same,” Deshmukh added.

Earlier, the central government had transferred the political sensitive Bhima Koregaon case to NIA to which Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had objected saying that the Narendra Modi government should have taken the state government in confidence before taking such decision. 

However, later, the Maharashtra government filed a No Objection Certificate (NOC) approving the transfer of Bhima Koregaon case to NIA.

As this happened, Sharad Pawar expressed his disappointment stating 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. 

Reacting to the central government’s decision to transfer the Elgar Parishad case to NIA, Pawar had stated that the Narendra Modi government was afraid that the “truth will come out”.  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.” 

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Reacting to Uddhav Thackeray’s decision, Deshmukh said that he wanted the state police to investigate the matter while adding that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has “overruled” the stand of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on the issue.  



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