ACB gives clean chit to Ajit Pawar in Vidarbha Irrigation scam

Nagpur: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has submitted another affidavit to the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court and given a clean chit to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar in the alleged Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) scam.

“As regard role of respondent number 7 (Ajit Pawar), no criminal liability is disclosed during the course of enquiry/investigation by the special investigation teams,” the ACB said in the affidavit filed on Thursday.

The affidavit was filed by the agency’s Director-General Param Bir Singh.

It said that the open enquiry into 45 tenders has been closed as no criminal offences were disclosed in the matter.

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The agency also cleared Pawar’s name in the irrigation scam in an affidavit dated November 27 submitted to the court.

Pawar, along with others, was in-charge of Maharashtra’s irrigation department when the Congress-NCP coalition government was in power in the state from 1999 to 2014.

That was a period during which the alleged scam, relating to irregularities in various irrigation projects, took place.

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