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After setback from HC, Anna Hazare approaches cops in Rs 25,000 crore alleged sugar mill scam

NEW DELHI: After setback from Bombay High Court, social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday approached Mumbai Police and submitted an application seeking registration of an offence in the alleged Rs 25,000 crore sugar cooperative factories scam.

Hazare visited the Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Marg Police Station to file a complaint in the alleged scam, a police officer said.

Senior officials then took him to the office of the Commissioner of Police in Crawford Market, the official said.

“Hazare met Commissioner of Police and submitted a written application about sugar factories,” DCP Ashok Dudhe, Mumbai police spokesperson, said.

However, he did not divulge any details. “We have received his application, but no offence has been registered in this case,” the official said.

From Police Commissioner’s office, Hazare left for Mantralaya and met Additional Chief Secretary (Home), police sources said.

“We have filed a complaint to Mumbai Police in the Rs 25,000 crore sugar cooperative factories scam on the directions of high court. Its regarding a petition which was filed by Anna in High Court and next hearing in this case is on February 13,” office-bearer of Hazare told PTI.

Last month, Hazare had moved the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI inquiry into the “sugar cooperative factories scam involving Rs 25,000 crore.”

However, the HC had rejected his plea to order a CBI inquiry into the alleged scam.

Hazare had filed two civil PILs and one criminal PIL asking for a CBI probe.

The petitions alleged that fraud had been committed in governance by first burdening sugar cooperative factories with debts and thereafter selling these sick units at throwaway prices, causing loss of Rs 25,000 crore to the government, cooperative sector and members of public.

The petitions also demanded an inquiry by a Special Investigating Team (SIT) into the alleged role of “politicians into the sugar cooperative scam, including NCP President and former Union Agriculture Sharad Pawar and his nephew and former Irrigation Minister Ajit Pawar”.

NCP chief Pawar had said that he would file a defamation suit over the allegations raised in the PILs.

(With PTI inputs)